[Spellyans] The quantity system

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Wed Jun 25 11:59:28 BST 2008

At 08:38 +0000 2008-06-25, Jon Mills wrote:
>Writing <ia> and <ya> is not a good way to distinguish stress.

Why not? It is regular, it works, it's easy to 
learn, and both graphs are found 
(indescriminately, it is true) in Traditional 
Cornish. It also helps to balance things between 
RLC users who tend not to like the letter <y> and 
Nancean RMC users who tend not to like the letter 

>  We currently do not have a way of marking 
>irregular stress in words such as mytern ‘king’. 
>The only sensible way to mark stress is by using 
>a diacritic: mytèrn, profia, provìa.

The SWF distinguishes <ia> [i:@] and <ya> [j@] 
and there is nothing wrong with making this 
distinction. I don't see you making a convincing 
argument against it.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com

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