[Spellyans] Front unrounded vowels, was: The quantity system

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Tue Jun 24 18:30:30 BST 2008

At 18:16 +0100 2008-06-24, A. J. Trim wrote:
>For what it is worth, my preference would be for <ei> rather than <ë> or

We in UdnFormScrefys liked it too, but it was 
rejected very very vehemently by the KK members 
of the AHG. In fact we very nearly didn't win the 
"right" to write <dedh> alongside <dydh>.

>Traditional Tudor Cornish did not use the dieresis, so it would not be

I'm afraid we can't afford to have our hands tied 
there. The SWF writes <dydh> and <dedh>. The only 
way out of this problem is to mark them in some 
way. The diaeresis is available and convenient. 
Lhuyd did use a single dot above y and a single 
dot below u. So... dots are not unknown to 
Cornish! :-)

>However, we are in the modern world.
>I could live with <ë> with <ei> as an optional replacement graph for people
>who cannot or don't want to write diacritical marks.
>This would be similar to <ü> / <ue> in German.

But it would lead to dydh/dedh/deidh as spellings 
for this word. I don't think we can get away with 
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com

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