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

Anthony Hearn a.d.hearn at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Mar 27 19:17:54 IST 2017


In fact yes.


On 27/03/17 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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