[Spellyans] Country Tracks
daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Sun Feb 12 17:00:06 GMT 2012
Because this vowel is generally written ‹a› in later MC and LC. I think post-tonic schwa was an a-coloured sound, hence the spelling. Phonologically the distinction is irrelevant and it's just as OK to write [ə].
On Feb 12, 2012, at 5:56 PM, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 12 Feb 2012, at 08:27, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>> I've always said [ˈbiːɐn] and incidentally it's also the pronunciation in many Breton dialects…
> Why write [ɐ] and not [ə]? I'm familiar with [ɐ] in German and Danish (usually written in final position as <er>) but I don't see why it should be so low in Cornish. Thus we've been writing [ˈbiːən].
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