Paper given on 21 March 2009 at Philipps-Universität, Marburg, in a workshop of the British Academy project Datblygiad yr Iaith Gymraeg/The Development of the Welsh Language.
The spread of ‘sandhi h-’ in thirteenth-century Welsh*
Article first published online: 5 MAR 2010
© The author 2010. Journal Compilation © The Philological Society 2010
Transactions of the Philological Society
Volume 108, Issue 1, pages 41–52, March 2010
How to Cite
Sims-Williams, P. (2010), The spread of ‘sandhi h-’ in thirteenth-century Welsh. Transactions of the Philological Society, 108: 41–52. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2009.01222.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 5 MAR 2010
After a hiatus following the Old Welsh period, Welsh manuscript evidence resumes c. 1250, and can now be studied in minute detail owing to the construction of a palaeographical chronology for the manuscripts and the availability of machine-readable and other modern editions. These reveal that the so-called ‘sandhi h-’ after first-person pronouns in modern literary Welsh is not ancient, but slowly emerged in the late thirteenth century as a hypercorrect phonetic tendency after nasal consonants which gradually became grammaticalised after pronouns ending in a nasal.