[Spellyans] Diacritics?

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Jul 11 11:15:01 IST 2008


If revivalists reject diacritics for Cornish, the resulting  
orthography will be ambiguous.
It is curious that revivalists reject English borrowings in the  
language, but imitate English when they reject diacritics.

Nicholas

On 11 Jul 2008, at 11:09, Jon Mills wrote:

> Michael has consistently given sound logical reasons to justify the  
> use of diacritics. However, no matter how seemingly illogical, the  
> hostile attitudes that many within the language community hold  
> towards the use of diacritics suggests that diacritics are not  
> likely to be embraced by the Cornish language community as a whole  
> for the forseeable future.
> Jon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eddie Climo"
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"
> Subject: [Spellyans] Diacritics?
> Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 10:52:11 +0100
>
> When it comes to advocating the use of diacritics in Cornish, we  
> need to be as parsimonious as possible. We must remember the extreme  
> hostility expressed towards their use by many within the Revival.
>
> I suspect that having more than just one single accent, used as  
> sparingly as possible, would be as much as we might hope would find  
> broad acceptance (at least, when used outside of dictionaries and  
> didactic material).
>
> To adapt the Law of Parsimony in Occam's famous Razor to our work,  
> we should have as out motto:
>
>> Accenti non multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
>>
>> (Accents should not be multiplied beyond necessity).
>
>
>
> Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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>
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