[Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Tue Sep 9 09:04:38 BST 2008

Lhuyd's dotted-y represents a central vowel. If we write '*bysies', then
learners will pronounce this with a high front vowel.Jon

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "Daniel Prohaska"
  To: "'Standard Cornish discussion list'"
  Subject: [Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms
  Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 17:16:28 +0200

Dhewgh whei lowena oll!

As I was looking through the SWF document there are a number of word
forms for which I would like to suggest alternatives:


SWF: besyes (pl.) of bys ~ bes finger

The SWF plural would suggest a pronunciation **[“bEzj at s], but Lhuyd shows
bÿzîas [b@”zi:@s]. I believe the SWF should follow Lhuyd here and write *bysies;


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

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