[Spellyans] chi v chy
craig at agantavas.org
Mon May 3 18:26:23 BST 2010
Oops - my mistake, it's listed as <ky> in the two lines I gave from
PC and RD. It's <ki> in OCV 608, instead.
On 3 Me 2010, at 16:09, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> My feelings are much the same as yours, Dan. I would much prefer
> <chy> but can have little justifiable objection to <chi>.
> I believe that <ki>, 'dog', is attested at PC 2242 and RD 2026.
> On 3 Me 2010, at 12:48, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>> I certainly prefer <chy> (& ky, why, hy etc.), but since <chi> etc.
>> do occur traditionally, I believe they are justified.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 03.05.2010, at 10:19, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org>
>>> The choice of 'chi' for the SWF has its critics, but I'm not sure
>>> that the choice is such a bad thing. For a start the progression
>>> chi > chei (for the Late variant) is more smoothly attained than
>>> chy > chei. I thought that a check on the historical validity of
>>> chi might be a useful exercise, so I did a count of historical
>>> forms of the word, as a generic, in place-name history prior to
>>> 1750, and came up with the following count:
>>> CHI - 69 examples
>>> CHY - 152
>>> CHE - 24
>>> CHUY - 2
>>> CHIE - 3
>>> CHOY - 1
>>> CHEY - 1
>>> CHEI - 2
>>> CHY runs away with it, but 69 exx. of CHI does give this spelling
>>> firm historical validity.
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