[Spellyans] Introducing Penny Squire

Harry Fraiser harryfraiser at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 10 16:48:11 IST 2008

Surely these Brook and Ansari people wouldn't be allowed to get away
with such a plot? After all, the linguists were pretty eminent, I


On 7/10/08, Penny Squire <pennysquire at ymail.com> wrote:
> Please bear in mind that for several years I have been to and fro between
> Cornwall and other places rather a lot, so have been less in touch than I
> would have preferred.
> Having said that, I have, when possible, been ploughing through any and
> every discussion I could access on what was going on (in addition to
> actually learning the language!) including Cornwall 24, as well as looking
> at George, Gendall, Williams and Chaudhri.
> From what I can gather the Partnership may have been following a political
> agenda of " let's fudge something, it means government money" - great for
> the boys and girls employed by Cornwall Council, not so great for the
> language.
> I'm not, however, discounting actual malice ("let's blow the money on
> conferences, pander to non-speakers, sideline Cornish speakers and homegrown
> experts and fly in outside experts, preferably ones that are not too expert,
> produce a shambles and really stuff the language") - Eric Brook is, after
> all, a colleague of Doris Ansari (anyone who doesn't know about La Ansari
> and her anti-Cornish agenda shouldn't be on this list!) and Bert Biscoe lost
> the plot on the Assembly campaign long ago and has obviously failed to come
> to any sort of understanding about the language.
> Having read John Angarrack's latest I wouldn't be surprised if Big
> Ears Windsor had a hand in it, either.
> I have read the so-called report the Commission produced and have seen more
> valuable documents hanging on the nail in Granny's outside privy. I'm not a
> linguist, but one hardly needs to be to see that they were, as my uncle Tony
> the builder would say, 'shitty workers'. It's a pity linguists aren't
> covered by the Trade Descriptions Act.
> Essentially I have no confidence whatsoever in the process which led to the
> SWF. It looks as if it were modelled on government public consultation
> exercises which are a total sham - the public has its say which is totally
> ignored and some back office hack produces a hideous plan which please
> nobody, doesn't work and costs the taxpayer a bomb to build after going way
> over budget.
> As for the SWF itself - I imaging any linguist with a knowledge of Brythonic
> languages would tear it apart.
> I am not an expert on linguistics - but trying to design  an orthography to
> reflect how second language learners and speakers brought up on divergent
> phonologies mispronounce Cornish has to be the single most crazy linguistic
>  idea since whoever it was built the tower of Babel. What mutt dreamt that
> one up?
> Jon, in a previous post you said something to the effect that it was
> pointless discussing orthography design before agreeing on pronunciation. Go
> to the top of the class! I have laboured through the postings on this list -
> I think you need to reiterate it - in capitals!
> As I said in my introduction, I have been learning Cornish using Kernewek
> Kemmyn. I'd be interested to know how close the Spellyans
> group is to reaching conclusions on pronunciation, and if, where and why it
> differs from KK.
> I shall be away for ten days or thereabout and will catch up on my return.
> Penny
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Jon Mills <j.mills at email.com>
> To: Standard Cornish discussion list <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, 9 July, 2008 8:44:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Introducing Penny Squire
> I'd be interested to hear why you think the SWF is a disaster, Penny.
> Jon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Penny Squire"
> To: spellyans at kernowek.net
> Subject: [Spellyans] Introducing Penny Squire
> Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 16:43:08 +0000 (GMT)
> Hello, I'm Penny Squire and I've been studying Cornish for a while, partly
> through KDL using Kemmyn and partly by looking at everything I could lay my
> hands on.  Unfortunately I have been in and out of Cornwall a lot over the
> past few years, so classes and exams were out, and conversational experience
> has been crammed in whenever possible. Hopefully this may change before
> long.
> I also have some UC and LC material which I picked up here and there and I
> have looked at some of the MC texts, so I am reasonably aware of the
> different spellings. I have not studied linguistics but have a smattering of
> languages and am pretty good at hearing differences in dialects.
> In my opinion the SWF is a disaster! I don't see how it can be fixed, but I
> gather that some believe that it may be possible.  I'm willing to hear
> everyone's views - which is why I'm here.
> Penny
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