[Spellyans] Blejyow or Flowrys?

ewan wilson butlerdunnit at ntlworld.com
Wed Jun 2 22:47:00 BST 2010

As most self respecting Scots can pronounce 'wh' without conscious effort, I 
am intrigued to think it might be a difficult sound for English speakers in 
England 'Sassenachs'/Saxons, as we say. Is it really a problem that the 'hw' 
digraph solves?
Do I detect a drift that KK users are more stubborn in resisting SWF/KS 
whereas UC/UCR/LC are more amenable?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ray Chubb" <ray at spyrys.org>
To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 3:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Blejyow or Flowrys?

> Hi Ewan and welcome.
> On 1 Efn 2010, at 22:19, ewan wilson wrote:
>> On a more narrowly focused Spellyans topic, may I point out that the 
>> 'wh' combination presents absolutely no problem to any Scotsman as  we 
>> pronounce it just as it should be in Cornish- a voicless aspirate  ( not 
>> the proper technical term which for the moment escapes me!)   What do 
>> others make of reversing the order of the letters to 'hw'?  Phonetically 
>> does that not imply a different sound of 'h' followed  by 'w'? I can see 
>> why it might seem more helpful to those lacking  the aspirate 'wh' in 
>> English, but surely it is not THAT difficult a  sound to learn to 
>> articulate?
> You are correct 'hw' does encourage a mispronunciation.  A KK zealot  and 
> teacher of that system has admitted as much.
> Ray Chubb
> Portreth
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