[Spellyans] y-umlaut in 'Beunans Meriasek' ?

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Sat Nov 22 20:00:18 GMT 2008

Some time ago I noted that Dick Gendall in 'Kernewek Bew', (which I  
think he now disowns), had the rule that verbs derived from English,  
i.e. those ending in 'ya' had 'yes' in the past participle and those  
that didn't had 'ys'.  This I thought was a good rule that I have  
stuck to ever since.

That is why I always write; 'Kernewek Unyes' not 'Kernewek Unys'.   
Others, who shall be nameless, seem to think that the two endings are  
interchangeable, I am not sure that they are.

On 22 Du 2008, at 14:18, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> Andrew, Michael, Nicholas,
> My explanation is that -ijs, -yys, -yes, -iyz etc. stand for [jIs]  
> or [jIz]. As far as I can see they occur in the verbal adjectives of  
> verbs with the verbal noun ending -ya [j@], so I suspect the [j] was  
> “imported” from the verbal noun and that this class of verbs forms  
> its verbal adjective with /jIs/.
> Dan
> From: ajtrim at msn.com
> Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 11:43 PM
> “I was looking at the spellings in Beunans Meriasek, and Craig's  
> comment was interesting.
> I don't have any other evidence.
> Regards,
> Andrew J. Trim”
> From: nicholas williams
> Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 12:52 PM
>  “What  evidence have you that there were any unstressed long vowels?
> Nicholas”
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Ray Chubb


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