[Spellyans] " 'Breakthrough' rung"
weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Mon Jul 21 14:03:44 IST 2008
The same has been said of me as regards place-name research and of the
archaeology of West Cornwall (not that I have ever made any such claim
myself). Because of that perceived view of me, I have received
derision, brickbats, outright nastiness and even the loss of a career
and a goodly proportion of my pension rights. The effect of it all has
led to a life in which I have been forced to scratch for money and
cannot contemplate, let alone sustain, any relationship (and, to be
truthful, there is someone I would dearly love to approach in that
regard, except that she is a great deal younger than me). So, these
people have left me staring at these four walls, hpoing that I can pay
next month's bills and reducing my entire life to just me and the horses.
You, Nicholas, are despised by these people because you are, in truth, a
linguistic expert, and they are not (although certain of them claim to
be). You speak in learned terms that they cannot understand (because
they haven't the ability) In terms of their own egos, and
self-importance, you are seen as a threat and someone to be feared. To
paraphrase the old saying (which just happens to be very true) -
what/who cannot be understood/equalled is to be feared, and what is to
feared is to be destroyed (i.e. denigrated and despised with very real
attempts to destroy their reputations).
It does make one wonder why we continue to do what we do.
nicholas williams wrote:
> There is an irony here. I have been described as the leading scholar
> of Cornish alive today.
> I am not making this claim. I merely repeat what others have said.
> Michael Everson is certainly one of the leading experts on writing
> systems in the world.
> So when devising a common orthography, the revival had at its disposal
> a someone considered the leading expert on Cornish and the leading
> expert on writing systems.
> For personal reasons (spite) these two experts were kept out of the
> process and their
> opinions ignored.
> Does anybody seriously believe that the resulting spelling made without
> consulting Michael or me is the best possible for Cornish?
> Does anybody believe that it will last in a way that neither UC nor KK
> Until the best scholars are given the job of extracting a spelling
> from the texts,
> Cornish will have a second-rate orthography.
> As it is the SWF is neither 1. traditional 2. accurate 3. coherent 4.
> easy to learn.
> But there can be no going back to KK since 1. it had been under
> academic attack
> since it was first published. 2. a large number of revivalists never
> accepted it and will not
> accept it now.
> The struggle continues.
> On 21 Jul 2008, at 09:12, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>> I tried at the Management Group meeting back in November, as did Andrew
>> at the AHG stage, to get NJAW and ME involved, but the KK people used
>> blackmail on Jenefer and Trond by insisting they'd walk out of the
>> process if Nicholas or Michael were physically present. No other
>> orthographic group behaved like this. It was an outrage but, then, the
>> KK central core has always behaved appallingly.
>> nicholas williams wrote:
>>> We were deliberately kept out of the consultation process,
>>> lest our association with the emerging SWF taint it in some way.
>>> As a result they have cobbled together an orthography which is
>>> as unacceptable as KK.
>>> It will not last.
>>> On 20 Jul 2008, at 22:31, Michael Everson wrote:
>>>> At 21:46 +0100 2008-07-20, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>>>>> Good question - if <y> is a short i and <i> a long one, then this
>>>>> no sense at all.
>>>> That is the SWF (and KS) rule for monosyllables. In KS we are making
>>>> an attempt to rationalize (and make teachable) the distribution of
>>>> <i> and <y>.
>>>> Nicholas and I tried many times to have this distribution dealt with
>>>> during the AHG meetings when we were asked our advice. Our concerns
>>>> were not addressed. Not even acknowledged.
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