kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com
Tue Dec 15 16:54:16 GMT 2009
Thanks for the welcome.
Yes I forgot the umlaut doing it from memory. Which reminds of another
issue about living languages in Germany at the time I was there, there was
the assumption that, because of the interent and the fact that
correspondence was so international, German might lose the umlaut. All work
on the project I was on was keyed with standard keyboards, and even the
Germans on the project rendered all umlauts by just adding a following e.
Therefore rückgabe became rueckgabe etc., and people even seemed happy
to spell their names with this approach.
I am right in saying that diacrictical marks are not part of SWF/KS and I
imagine the main reason was that since 1929 people have been used to writing
Cornish without them despite Lhuyd having used them, but was the effect of
the internet and computerisation taken into account as well? The adding of
diacritical makrs can be quite tiresome, and the use of shortcut keystrokes
not always easy, as people have to set these up specially, and have need of
them for other uses (gaming, common functions etc.).
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From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net]
On Behalf Of Daniel Prohaska
Sent: 15 December 2009 07:53
To: 'Standard Cornish discussion list'
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] -ssy-
I havent said hi since you joined, so heres a belated hi!
In addition to what you said, German does have a lot of grammar and
orthographic rules, but there is variation, between German, Austrian and
Swiss Standard German, as well as standardised differences between North and
South. But German is also a language of immense dialectal diversity and
colloquial variation. And dont forget your umlauts ;-) its
<Geschirrrückgabe> (which my Austrian-German Word spell-checker lists as
From: Herbie Blackburn
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 8:34 PM
Don't forget though that German is a natural language, but has very strict
rules, that are carried out to the letter - I was working in Frankfurt and
witnessed the new rule that came in governing compound words, where the
first finishes in -rr, and the second starts r-. The original rule said that
all letters were retained, but the new rule said that in the case above, one
r was lost. Overnight the Lufthansa cantene changed the 'tray-return' sign
from 'Geschirrruckgabe' to 'Geschirruckgabe'. Impressive, but a bit OTT. No?
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