[Spellyans] Open and honest discussion and the good of the Cornish language
everson at evertype.com
Sat Aug 9 20:00:52 BST 2008
Everyone: It's remarkable, isn't it, to compare the strategies which
different groups employ. Previously when we had the Kernowak list, we
also had the adversarial AHG process going on. So much that we were
discussing in UdnFormScrefys was not made public, because we had to
keep our cards close to our chest. So did our adversaries on their
Now, however, we are no longer engaged in hostile negotiations. The
AHG process is finished. Experts like Ken George and Wella Brown, who
did not want to see a Fifth Orthography developed at all, were kept
out of active participation in the process. Experts like Nicholas and
me, who did very much want to see a suitable Fifth Orthography
developed, were kept out of active participation in the process --
evidently because we might have pushed the orthography "away" from KK.
So the AHG process finished up, producing a draft SWF and asking for
comments, but taking none of those comments into account -- making no
attempt to improve the orthography on the basis of linguistic
expertise or expertise in orthography design. So what we have is a
semi-Authentic SWF, based firmly in KS but mistakenly ignoring its
precision. The public authorities can use it. Evidently they are
constrained to use the ugly Main Form only, which is sad enough. But
the AHG process is finished. We are no longer engaged in hostile
That's why Spellyans has an open and public archive. That's why
Spellyans is open to anyone for membership. All anyone has to do is
use his or her real name, and remain civil.
So why have we got hostiles amongst us? Harry Fraiser is Tim Saunders.
I personally suspect Penny Squire of being Paul Dunbar. And Tom
Trethewey of being Ken George. I could be wrong about those, of
course. I don't mind being wrong. But some things they say suggest it.
Yet why should they hide? Our archive is public. Anyone on the whole
web can read what we say.
We've made a lot of progress analysing the shortcomings,
inconsistencies and errors in the SWF. There's no reason for anyone to
be hostile about us engaging in this activity -- we're free to do so,
the AHG process now being completed. We're not obliged to use the SWF
if it has inconsistencies and errors. None of those inconsistencies or
errors was necessary -- they were pointed out during the process. Two
people in authority told me that we should consider using our own
Authentic Written Form. Since we care about Cornish, that is what we
And we are doing it. We are making good progress. I'm keeping a reign
on things to try to minimize the distanct between the SWF and the form
of KS which we are developing. It will not be long before we can
finalize the orthographic rules and publish our findings.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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