craig at agantavas.org
Wed May 15 22:24:06 BST 2013
I certainly do not pronounce <eus> to rhyme with (received English) "furze",as is being mooted in recent years. I don't believe that sound ever existed in Cornish. Why? Because you don't hear it from native Cornish voices today, or 50 years ago. I believe it to be a Breton sound, heavily influenced by the sound of French <oeu> (e.g. oeuf, boeuf, etc).
On 2013 Me 15, at 16:38, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 15 May 2013, at 16:02, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> You say "In KK melin and gwelyn rhyme perfectly, but are spelt differently for etymological reasons."
> They also rhyme perfectly for all speakers of all dialects.
>> A problem I have in teaching Late Cornish is explaining that "hir" and "fur" rhyme
> Some Germans have the same problem, because some dialects unround [yː] to [iː]. Those etymological vowels have a rationale in KS, however: While everyone says [hiːɹ] for the first word, some people say [fyːɹ] for the second and some say [fiːɹ]. If you explain that to your students, they should understand it.
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