[Spellyans] The Pronounciation of 'r' in traditional Cornish

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Mon Mar 27 19:05:57 IST 2017


Yes, that was the book.

Craig



On 2017 Mer 27, at 17:20, Harry Hawkey wrote:

> Tony Hearn wrote:
> 
> To my ears it is the use among learners and speakers of the West Country English [ɹ] which makes so much spoken Cornish sound less than convincing.
> 
> Interesting. Are you arguing (in your hesitant and carefully qualified post :-) ) that traditional Cornish did not have [ɹ] at all?
> 
> Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> 
> He was careful to consult a book whose title and author I can't now recall
> 
> 
> I think it was Eric Dobson's 'English Pronunciation, 1500-1700' (can't check right now...)
> 
> 
> Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> 
> In the end, Lhuyd is the only real guide we have to the pronunciation of Cornish
> 
> 
> Yes, it's very frustrating that he doesn't really spend much time explaining his system in AB. I find it a bit confusing too (e.g. he says â is pronounced as in 'mane', presumably [ɛ:], but uses this to spell many words like brâs in Welsh which surely can't have ever had [ɛ:] ?)
> 
> 
> Michael Everson wrote:
> 
> We recommend the retroflex [ɹ] generally and the tap [ɾ] intervocalically.
> 
> 
> Why?
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