[Spellyans] Goat

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Fri Apr 10 16:15:41 IST 2009


Plus historic place name evidence: gaver 4; gavar 0.

Craig



On 10 Ebr 2009, at 12:15, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 10 Apr 2009, at 11:30, Owen Cook wrote:
>
>> I'm weighing in late, but I completely agree with Dan, Jon and  
>> Craig on this word. I see nothing wrong with 'gaver'. It's  
>> textually attested in the scribal tradition,
>
> How specifically do you define this here?
>
>> while 'gavar' is not.
>
> I don't accept this interpretation. The scribal tradition attests  
> the following for 'speech'.
>
> lavar x43 (PA x1, PC x1, TH x4, BK x8, CW x21, Late x7)
> lauar x73 (CF x2, PA x8, OM x15, PC x26, RD x22)
> laver x12 (PC x1, BM x1, SA x3, BK x7)
> lauer x19 (OM x1, BM x18)
>
> All of this shows that the scribal tradition admits both -ar and -er  
> (favouring the former).
>
> It is true that the texts offer us very few examples of 'goat'
>
> gaver x2 (OM x1, BM x1)
> gauer x1 (BM x1)
>
> I don't believe it is credible to suggest that "lavar" and "gavar"  
> did not rhyme. And I do not believe it is credible to suggest that  
> if goat occurred more frequently that "gavar" or "gauar" would never  
> have occurred.
>
>> It clearly indicates the intended pronunciation. If we absolutely  
>> must see this spelling as an olive branch to KK -- oh, terror! --  
>> then it is certainly an olive branch we can extend without scruple.
>
> My interest in offering MORE olive branches has pretty much dwindled  
> at this point. If they had allowed is to keep the PROMISED olive  
> branch (text in the SWF permitting publishers to use diacritics) I  
> might be inclined to agree now. They engineered it so that we had to  
> make that major derogation. In light of that, <eu> and all the other  
> changes we made was enough of an olive branch. It's not as though  
> they're giving us anything.
>
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
>
>
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