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

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Tue Jun 24 23:08:37 IST 2008


At 23:43 +0200 2008-06-24, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

>>{...} "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.
>
>Good idea!

It's not a workable idea for KS. We can't have 
bys [bi:z]~[be:z] 'world' and bys [bIz] 'until' 
undistinguished. We can't do away with the SWF's 
bys/bes pairing by deleting both of those and 
using beis. And we can't add more complexity to 
the system by having bys/bes/beis because that 
doesn't solve the 'world'/'until' problem anyway.

The only solution I can see here is to use a 
diacritical mark on bys/bes words, and the only 
diacritical mark that is available to everyone on 
both e and y is the diaeresis.
-- 
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com




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