[Spellyans] <l>, <ll>, and <lh> in Sacrament an Alter (1576)

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sat Jul 24 19:39:14 BST 2010

On 24 Jul 2010, at 19:25, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> A few years ago Albert told me of an experiment with Welsh speaking children that were illiterate in Welsh but literate in English. They were asked to write Welsh and the interesting thing was that among <ll> they came up with spellings such as <lh>, <hl>, <chl>, <tl> for Standard Welsh <ll>. I don’t know if <fl> occurred.

<fl> occurred in Old English.

I tend to think that the Cornish sound was not a heavy lateral hiss like the Welsh [ɬ], but rather a voiceless apical [l̥] if not a postaspirated [lʰ].

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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