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

Owen Cook owen.e.cook at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 17:38:31 IST 2008


2008/6/24 Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>:
>>  (and remember, here we need the accent on <ÿ> to show length)
>
>  That's not correct.

Yes it is. We have 'jyn' in KS, don't we?

Although you may be right, that got shot down in the SWF, which has
'jynn' for everybody.

>  We could adopt <beis>, but that would introduce a pretty massive systemic
>  difference between KS and the SWF. I don't think that is wise. The diaeresis
>  is not really very obtrusive, however, and diacritiphobes can omit them if
>  they must.

The diaeresis looks terrible. This is a really big set of words, so
why do we need to have mounds of diaereses which indicate neither a
vowel on hiatus (as in Welsh, inter alia) nor umlaut (as in German,
inter alia) nor a centre unrounded vowel (as in Luxembourgish or
Albanian) nor any other value for a diaeresis that I've ever come
across. I'm a diacriticophile, but I've never liked this use of the
diaeresis. The acute accent would make me much, much happier.

~~Owen




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