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Re: Not just Cockney, bruv! (was: Revised Eastern Vowel Orthography)
On Tue, 25 May 1999, Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> Welsh all but died out in urban south east (Cardiff, Newport, Caldicot
> area), and is no slowly gaining some ground again as a second language.
> Those who acquire Welsh learn the new sounds [T], [D] in the same way they
> learn the voiceless lateral fricative, [x] and 'rh' :-)
> Altho there are signs that the sounds have been confused, e.g. the
> alternative endings -ith, -iff for the 3rd sing. of the simple future
> (caniff hi, canith hi "she will sing"; when Caerdyf was losing its final
> sound in the general tendency to drop final /v/ in the spoken language, it
> was restored as Caerdydd! - nevertheless, I am fairly certain Welsh [T] and
> [D] are just as safe as 'll' and 'rh'.
I had a curious vision of a Cockney shift occuring in Brithenig. I think
I'm over it now.
Andrew Smith, Intheologus email@example.com
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