[Spellyans] More on bys/bes words and diacritical marks

Michael Everson 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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