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

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Sat Jul 12 17:46:59 IST 2008


Just as an amusing aside, we used to call Nance's Unified Cornish 
"hyphennek".

Craig



Eddie Climo wrote:
> On 12 Jul 2008, at 14:40, Christian Semmens wrote:
>> . . . I can also see [the diaresis] being regularly dropped from 
>> normal usage by more
>> competent learners and fluent speakers in everyday communications, but
>> for learners this is a really useful tool to aid their learning.
>
> A good point. It brings to mind the use in UC of the macron and the 
> diaresis in didactic material, neither of which were normally present 
> in ordinary usage, but could be used at the writer's discretion.
>
> In a similar way, the hyphen was used extensively in didactic 
> material, as well as in the writings of less experience users of UC, 
> but much less so by more fluent writers, in such verbal constuctions 
> as /<a-m-bus, a-wraf-vy>/ and so on.
>
> Personally, I haven't had much problem with UC's ambigous vowel 
> lengths or qualities in ordinary writing, but I have found it useful 
> on occasion to be able to use its 2 diacritics for brevity (rather 
> than having to say, "I mean 'cok' with a long '-o-', rather than a 
> short one", one can simply write <cōk>, with a macron over the vowel).
>
> Of course, this might not always come out right in some people's 
> e-mail or web programs, so ad-hockeries like <co\k> or <co_k> have 
> sometimes been used instead in informal writings (and doubtless still 
> will be).
>
>> It does nothing to the sounds of the words, merely shows where there
>> is a choice of spelling and pronunciation. I support this.
>
> On balance, and with some caveats, so do I.
>
> Eddie Climo
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