njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 09:26:27 BST 2009
A syllabic consonant r or l, would not sound very different from schwa
Dan's question remains: how do we write *pobXl, *marXw, *lavXr and
It seems that the traditional spelling of these and similar items has
been influenced by
other factors. When in the sequence schwa + consonant, the consonant
is [w], the
epenthetic vowel is the rounded schwa, written <o>: galow, marow,
When the sequence schwa + consonant contains [l] or [r] preceded by a
high or mid-high stressed vowel,
the schwa is written <e>: lyver, lever, pobel. The schwa is the higher
variety, which can also be written <y>, e.g. pobyl.
When the sequence is preceded by the low vowel [a], the schwa is
written <a>: lavar.
In which case <gavar> is probably the most sensible spelling for the
word for 'goat'.
In Later Cornish <a> is written in all cases: maraw, pobal, levar
On 20 Apr 2009, at 09:06, Jon Mills wrote:
> We have words such as *pobl, *marw, *lavr and *lyvr. How do we spell
> these words and words that can be classed alongside them, hwo do we
> spell *pobXl, *marXw, *lavXr and *lyvXr.
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