[Spellyans] kal revisited
weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Mon Jan 5 18:25:54 GMT 2009
Well, here's one that will continue to spell the word: cal. Let it be
an anomalous spelling - the language will need a few. I'm uneasy with
making the orthography overly phonetic/phonemic because we'll only
find ourselves back in the old trap of regulating it so tightly that
it strangles the life and soul from the language.
I am beginning to wonder if we might not be going too far with KS.
For me, Revision 15 was the ideal. Others might not agree.
I think the Col- of Colvennor, etc. results from the vowel (being
unstressed in the place-name) reducing to schwa, to the point of
On 5 Gen 2009, at 18:05, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 5 Jan 2009, at 16:16, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>> That would suggest [kæ:l].
> So? It's just another member of the list of anomalous vowel lengths
> that the SWF doesn't mark.
>> I want [kæl] or possible (on Craig’s place name evidence) [kɒl].
> <al> is already [ɒ:l] and if you wanted [kɒl] I think you'd have to
> write <koll>. Where do you get that vowel from Craig's place-name
> evidence, however?
> We have rules about a before l and r in KS which so far as I know
> are reflected in the SWF (needs checking). To get [kæl] I think only
> <càl> would actually do it.
> In the short term, Dan, the SWF will give you <calgh> and <cal'>. I
> think innovation on your part to <call> would be going too far.
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