[Spellyans] Easter morning, etc.

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Mon Nov 24 14:08:09 GMT 2008

It is possible that the long and short vowel variation is dialectal, sociolectal, idiolectal or simply free variation. It would be naïve to assume that phonological system of Cornish had no such variation.

> ----- Original Message -----
> Anyone,
> 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.
> Regards,
> Andrew J. Trim

Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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