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

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Thu Jul 10 23:42:21 IST 2008

Not in spelling, no.  But I think we should recommend the soft j or zh 
sound in speech.  It is genuine.


Michael Everson wrote:
> At 19:56 +0100 2008-07-10, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>> Can I suggest that the s/g sound is like the S of leisure (from West
>> Cornish speech), a soft zh sound rather than a hard J.
> You may suggest it, but Revivalists say kerensa [k@'rEnz@] and 
> kerenja [k@'rEndZ@]. Evidently Ken George and Keith Bailey think 
> everyone should change to say kerenzha [k@'rEnz@].
> I don't believe that s/j~g are attempts to write [Z]. I believe they 
> are representations of [z] and [dZ]. Since Revivalists use those 
> forms, and since the SWF also maintains the s/j distinction, I don't 
> think it is in our remit to recommend something else.

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