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Re: Son of dZ
Andrew Smith wrote:
> I have finally got around to looking at _An Introduction to the Celtic
> Languages_ (1995) and reading the section on orthography. To recap
> Brithenig has a voiced final fricative which needs to be distinguished
> from -g, the voiced velar stop when final. What I've read suggests that
> this would be -j (so ffelij).
O Hideous. Eo brodest.
> The evidence: Welsh has borrowed j for all
> positions from English; one orthography for Breton, the Orthographie
> universitaire, uses specifically it for word final -dZ#, and Manx has j
> for /dj/ in an orthography created for that language by a native Welsh
Brithenig, though, isn't a Celtic language: it's a Romance language,
and its orthography has a Romance foundation. The f vs ff and d vs dd
are just decorations, and ll is just as much Romance as Celtic,
though with a different realization.
I still like ffelig', which can even be accounted for as a false
etymology, like French poing, doigt (which never had any g there
since Proto-Romance times); the implication is that the scribes
believed that ffelig' < *ffelige. It also works for ync' (inch,
or less likely ounce) from UNCIU. Otherwise we need another
ad hoc solution for final voiceless fricative.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)
- Son of dZ
- From: Andrew Smith <email@example.com>