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

Christian Semmens christian.semmens at gmail.com
Sun Jul 13 21:18:18 IST 2008

Hi Hary,

They do nothing at all to the sound of a word. The diaresis (umlaut)
is a marker which says this word has an alternative pronunciation and

eg bys (world) can be:
bÿs [bi:s]
bës [be:s]

Both words are acceptable, and mean the same thing but are pronounced
and spelled differently depending on if you want to speak middle or
late Cornish.

The diaresis merely indicates a choice is available (and
differentiates the the word bÿs [bi:s] from the word bys [bIs], which
the SWF doesn't). As Mary pointed out in a rather round about way, the
context would probably allow a reasonably competent learner to
differentiate the words, but for a beginner it is not immediately
obvious. With the diaresis, however this distinction is immediate and


2008/7/13 Harry Fraiser <harryfraiser at googlemail.com>:
> Could somebody remind me how the 'e' and the 'y' with an Umlaut come in?
> Harry

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