[Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Tue May 18 12:13:28 BST 2010

On 18 May 2010, at 11:05, nicholas williams wrote:

> When writing the shortened form of agan 'our', agas 'your' and aga 'their', doesn't KS write gàn, gàs and gà rather than 'gan, 'gas, 'ga? The latter forms are likely to give rise to mistaken smart quotes.

Yes. When attached there is an apostrophe, as in ha'gan, na'gan, a'gan, re'gan, i'gan, dha'gan... but when just reduced in form we write gàn, gàs, gà for the reason you note.

I did not make that recommendation to the SWF Corpus group however, as it involves the use of diacritics, and they don't want to hear about that.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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