[Spellyans] SWF vowel inconsistencies

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Wed Jul 2 14:20:26 IST 2008


Perhaps we all need to think a bit about how we word our responses.  The 
aim of this list is to be constructive and to encourage those of similar 
mind.

Craig


stinney at sas.upenn.edu wrote:
> Quoting Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>:
>
>   
>> .... and since Terry has quit the list, I'd like to ask if anyone
>> thinks what I'd said is out of line:
>>
>> At 23:11 +0100 2008-07-01, Michael Everson wrote:
>>     
>>> At 13:44 -0600 2008-07-01, Terry Corbett wrote:
>>>       
>>>> Could you tell me what you believe were the vowels of pre-prosodic
>>>> shift Cornish?
>>>>         
>>> Why? Do you think anyone says "I want to learn Cornish but only that
>>> Cornish spoken before the Prosodic Shift"?
>>>       
>
> For what it's worth, I thought this was dismissive and perhaps ridiculing a
> little.
>
>   
>>> KS will not support "aspirational" phonology. I can't see how it could.
>>>       
>> And I mean that. How can it? It is challenging enough to ensure that
>> the *real* dialects of Revived Cornish are represented accurately
>> without adding in fiction.
>>     
>
> And I thought this dismissive and peremptory.
>
> Again, fwiw, I think the opinion expressed there by Michael is a strategic
> error.  It was my understanding that this process is about having an even
> better KS to go to the 5-year review of the SWF with, the goal being to make
> the SWF what it needs to be.  In my view, a list of improvements that begins:
>
>  #1: You can stuff your aspirational phonology.
>  #2: Now let's discuss i/y...
>
> Is going to get off on the wrong foot.  That doesn't mean I think the
> aspirational phonology is worth keeping.
>
> And none of the above is meant as criticism--it's simply a response to your
> question, Michael.  I have huge respect for all the hard work you put into all
> this.
>
>  Steve
>
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