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Welsh "w" and "y"

From:Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>
Date:Monday, October 25, 2004, 20:33

My parents keep telling on and off when the topic is Welsh,
that |w| can basically represent *any* sound.
Pronounciation in Welsh orthography is AFAIK partly only
predictable from the context, but I can't imagine that a
letter can be used for any sound. In short: I wanted to
know if this claim is true. Sensible would be that |w| is
depending on what precedes or follows [w] or [v\], /u/ or
maybe even /y/, but any sound ...?

And something that interests me personally, how can you tell
that |y| is really what it represents by default (I guess
[y])? Wales is "Cymru" in Welsh, which is AFAIK pronounced
[kAmrA] or so -- at least I have been told so.

How to pronounce that ominous "ll" I have not found out yet.
Is it [L] or [L\] or was it really [K]? I've read it
somewhere here ("somehere") but don't remember anymore.

Cawstyn ([kA:stn=], however)

Eri silveváng aibannama padangin.
Nivaie evaenain eri ming silvoieváng caparei.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>