[Spellyans] Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name QueryForCraig

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Fri Sep 7 18:57:20 BST 2012

Answering for myself, the sound I allude to is midway between the  
extended E of "bed" and the "ai" sound of "brain".  It is not "gwel"  
or "gwail"  but between them.  If anything, more like the "ai" sound  
of "fair", with a tendency toward schwa at the end of the sound before  


On 7 Gwn 2012, at 18:01, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 7 Sep 2012, at 08:20, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>> I think Craig means the open sound [ɛː]… as in "bed", but  
>> longer...
> I think that's an allophone of [eː]. /e/ is [ɛ] when short and  
> [eː] when long, but the long sound has some allophones, including  
> some which break to [eə], if analogy to traditional English dialect  
> in Cornwall is made.
> (Nothing unusual about this; in Irish [eː] can also break to [eə]  
> and even [iə].)
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