[Spellyans] Final 'dh' and the yogh
everson at evertype.com
Tue Oct 21 11:15:27 IST 2008
On 21 Oct 2008, at 13:56, Ray Chubb wrote:
> The more I look at the historical texts the more I realise that
> Nance had very good reasons for making the decisions that he made.
> It is clear now that he used only 'th' finally because the yorgh
> finally was rare.
Yogh, not yorgh.
> For those of us that prefer to write keeping to the most commonly
> found spelling rules of the scribes it seems logical to drop final
> 'dh' and perhaps show when it occurs with a diacritical mark or
> accent, if we wish.
It is confusing to me what you are saying. There is, for instance, a
difference between a polysyllable and a monosyllable insofar as -th
and -dh is concerned.
> Changing from 'th' to 'dh' can cause problems; final 'th' stops
> mutation of t, c/k, p and d, if we substitute 'dh' we should write,
> for example, 'fordh goth' instead of 'forth coth'. To me it seems
> incorrect that an arbitrary decision to use either 'th' or 'dh' can
> affect the the way in which mutation is applied.
I believe we eschew -dh in nearly all if not all polysyllables.
For those monosyllables with yogh it is certainly a good idea to use -
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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