Date: 2009-07-26 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tencrush
Not really a matter of opinion, is it? The i in Welsh at the beginning of a word, before another vowel is equivalent to the english y. Yan-toe, bordering on yahn-toe.

Date: 2009-07-26 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tacittype.livejournal.com
Is it, though? I've had GDL reading The Sin Eaters on my ipod lately and it sounds like he runs the I-A together so that it sounds like a Y but is really a sped up I-A. /o\

Consensus seems to be with my beta on two syllables, though - I'm coming around.

Date: 2009-07-26 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rm.livejournal.com
I think you're right about what you're hearing, but that level of elision still makes it into the two-syllable category for me.

Date: 2009-07-26 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tacittype.livejournal.com
Excellent news - I'm not going mad. Two syllables it is!

Date: 2009-07-26 07:13 pm (UTC)
tencrush: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tencrush
That's because the welsh y sound is slightly further at the back of the throat. Linguistically, there's not a lot of difference between YA and IA, just like there's not really a lot of difference, in your mouth, between WAA and OOAA. W is a vowel in welsh, the vowel-consonant designation is a pretty arbirary one that differs per language.

Sorry, my background is actually in linguistics and phonetics, I do go on sometimes.
Edited Date: 2009-07-26 07:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-26 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tacittype.livejournal.com
Now there's a definitive answer to end my confusion. Thanks!!

This is a good thing - more syllables left over for other words. \o/

Date: 2009-07-27 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deltacephei.livejournal.com
You are NUTS.
That is all.
*dies laughing*

Date: 2009-07-27 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tacittype.livejournal.com
IT WAS IMPORTANT.

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