[Spellyans] <y Y> + diacritical

Ken MacKinnon kenmackinnon at enterprise.net
Thu Jun 26 12:13:51 IST 2008


I think that dierisis is ambiguous ( unlike circumflex, for example.)  Not only that, it has always sounded to me more like a bowel complaint.

- an Ken ken.   

(Prof) Ken MacKinnon,
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Daniel Prohaska 
  To: 'Standard Cornish discussion list' 
  Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:18 AM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] <y Y> + diacritical


  From: Jon Mills
  Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:56 AM



  "What I want from the SWF is the possibility to use traditional forms. The attested traditional forms are  deth, deyth, dyth (Middle & Tudor) and deeth (Late). Am I the only person who thinks the diaresis looks awful?

  Jon"

   

  Rest assured, I’m no fan of the diaeresis either. This may be irrational and childish, but I also dislike the fact that Michael is pushing for diaeresis because it’s easy for HIM to write on HIS computer, while not considering the people that are using other systems and may find y-accute, y-grave or y-circumflex easier, or equally difficult to spell as y-diaeresis. Sorry, Michael, but it just doesn’t add up. 

  I can live with the SWF alternation dydh ~ dedhyow and it’s alternative dedh ~ dedhyow. I don’t need any diacritic in this particular case.

  Jon, I’ve also found Lhuyd’s spelling <an dzhêdh> for “he day” in Late Cornish.

  Dan



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