[Spellyans] The quantity system

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Tue Jun 24 16:41:13 BST 2008

At 15:04 +0000 2008-06-24, Jon Mills wrote:

>Yes, I can see that these 2 diphthongs might be said to distinguish 
>two distinct sets of verb endings. But what grounds are there for 
>distinguishing them in word stems such as ryal/rial?

We spell <Austrya> because it is not [Os'tri:@], but ['Ostrja]. Some 
consistency is needed; we have it if we distinguish <ia> and <ya>.

Nance writes <ryal> with a long mark on the y. I read that as 
['ri:@l] and would write it <rial>.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com

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