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

Harry Fraiser harryfraiser at googlemail.com
Mon Jul 14 06:33:49 IST 2008


Thanks!

Harry

On 7/13/08, Christian Semmens <christian.semmens at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> spelling.
>
> eg bys (world) can be:
> bÿs [bi:s]
> or
> 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
> obvious.
>
> Christian
>
>
> 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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