[Spellyans] <y Y> + diacritical

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Jun 26 15:25:22 IST 2008


The circumflex is already in use for other functions, e.g. to show  
that frût is not fritt. In SWF with its absence of diacritics
there is no way of telling how the word is to be pronounced. This is a  
serious defect in the SWF.

The diaeresis is the only sensible diacritic for such pairs as bëdh  
'be!' ~ bedh 'grave'; gwrës 'done, made'  ~ gwres 'heat',
rës 'given' ~ res 'necessity', drës 'brought' ~ dres 'across', prëv  
'reptile' ~ prev 'will prove', hës 'length' ~ hes 'swarm'. The diaeresis
indicates that the vowel may also be pronounced [i:].

Nicholas


On 26 Jun 2008, at 15:09, Owen Cook wrote:

> 2008/6/26 Ken MacKinnon <kenmackinnon at enterprise.net> rug scrifa:
>> I think that dierisis is ambiguous ( unlike circumflex, for  
>> example.)  Not
>> only that, it has always sounded to me more like a bowel complaint.
>
> As opposed to a vowel complaint.
>
> ~~Owen
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