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Thread #157369   Message #3714573
Posted By: Lighter
05-Jun-15 - 07:37 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chanteys in Greig-Duncan
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chanteys in Greig-Duncan
> did the two pronunciations already co-exist in the heyday of sail.

Hi, Snuffy. Unless we unearth a 19th century reference to the pronunciation, we'll never know.

From a purely practical standpoint, however, as Hugill (or somebody) observes, those "-eye" pronunciations are more forceful and therefore more expressive of effort.

To some people.