[Spellyans] More on bys/bes words and diacritical marks
everson at evertype.com
Thu Jul 10 09:39:36 IST 2008
At 07:44 +0100 2008-07-10, Eddie Climo wrote:
>One of the other changes was the replacement of the grave accent by
>the acute, even though <e> and <o> (the only 2 letters affected by
>this measure). This simplification was recommended despite 2 facts:
>(1) a few words would no longer be distinguished in writing by their accent,
>)2) the two accents each denoted a slightly different sound in the
>speech of many native speakers.
>The moral is that this Gaelic has gone for a simpler notational
>system which encodes less information, rather than a more detailed,
>complex and discriminating one.
Everyone I know who knows Gaelic thinks that this orthography change
was a disaster.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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