[Spellyans] <y Y> + diacritical
everson at evertype.com
Wed Jun 25 13:03:15 BST 2008
At 12:45 +0100 2008-06-25, Christian Semmens wrote:
>At the risk of stirring up a hornets nest, I think this may be taking
>things a bit too far. I think everyone would be happy with 'deth' or
>'dyth' without recourse to diacritics at all. I strongly suspect that
>no one will actually write them once they become fluent enough anyway.
>Deith still looks horrible to me (as does chei, rei etc..), and I've
>tried to like it, really I have.
>Is it really such a huge problem?
It is. It is a problem for readers of texts
written in the other dialect. The brief was to be
phonetic. The SWF doesn't give learners enough
Take a word, <pes>. A learner sees it. Is this a
<bys>/<bes> word? Or is it a <res> word? What
about bes, des, fes, ges, hes, les, mes, nes,
ses, tes, or ves? (I'm sure some of these are not
attested; I just made a list.)
If we write bÿs/bës, the learner who encounters
pes will know it's not got a *pys form.
Making this distinction is good orthography design.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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