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

ajtrim at msn.com ajtrim at msn.com
Sun Nov 23 12:59:57 GMT 2008


How do we account for this variation in the spelling of <-ys> if the sound of the vowel was simply that of a short <y>?
Why would we have the spellings <yy> / <ye> / <ij> that suggest a long vowel if it were short?

So far we have three theories:

1) Some words had [j] before the ending and some didn't and the difference was blurred or ignored in rhyme.
2) They all had [j], sometimes spelt but often not spelt.
3) They are all long], sometimes spelt but often not spelt.


Andrew J. Trim

From: Ray Chubb 
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 8:53 AM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] y-umlaut in 'Beunans Meriasek' ?

Oh well never mind.  At least this gives us more scope when writing verse. 

On 22 Du 2008, at 20:32, nicholas williams wrote:

  I think that <ijs>, <ys>, <is> and <yes> as the suffix of the verbal adjective are interchangeable: 

  bethens formyys orth ov brys OM 8
  na bythqueth pan vef formys OM 616
  a ve gans an tas formyes CW 2090

  ef a vyth treylyes serten OM 2085
  an substans a bara treylys TH 58

  Gans ioul kyn fy temptijs PA 22a
  gans drok tra na ven temptys RD 2423

  ham gallus y vos grontijs PA 113d
  bos granntyes thy'nny cummyes OM 412
  bos grontys thy'm gallos bras PC 2182
  marsues grannt thy'so grantyys PC 3142

  may zo squardijs a dro ol PA 133c
  oll warbarth may zens squardis PA 181d
  ellas bones the treys squerdys PC 3172
  a vo squerdis gans mylgy BM 1281

  ke ha dus pan vy plesyes BM 139
  Ny yv plesijs hag a vyn BM 314
  mar della mar thewgh plesys CW 1782

  del vynny bos rewardyys OM 2201
  ha rewardys ty a vyth PC 1644
  te a vythe rewardyes CW 733.


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