[Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Tue May 18 22:21:07 BST 2010

Ah, yes, thank you.  My machine always converts an initial apostrophe  
to a 9, which I've always found to be a nuisance at best.

On 18 Me 2010, at 21:40, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 18 May 2010, at 19:00, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>> Is there a need for diacritics in these words?  Stress differs, but  
>> not pronunciation.  I'm thinking that when KS is somewhat under  
>> fire for the number of diacritics, shouldn't we looking to limit or  
>> even trim them?  I don't understand what is meant by 'mistaken  
>> smart quotes' - for me 'gan, 'gas, 'ga, without diacritics, are  
>> perfectly clear as they are, and follow from agan, agas, aga  
>> perfectly well and logically.  Are we over-tinkering?
> As I said, this is nothing new. In order not to break the rules of  
> quantity, KS1 suggested to write these as gàn, gàs, gà when  
> shortened as stand-alone words. But shortening agan, agas, aga is  
> relatively rare anyway.
> A dumb quote, Craig, is a vertical apostrophe | or a vertical  
> quotation mark ||. Smart quotes are shaped like 6's (at the  
> beginnings of things) and 9's (at the end). So to quote a word in  
> single or double quotes, we have:
> 6Kernowek9 and 66Kernowek99 (‘Kernowek’ and “Kernowek”).
> Apostrophes are always supposed to be 9-shaped, and never 6-shaped.  
> But if you have a word that begins with an apostrophe, chances are  
> that your word processor (whether MS Word or OpenOffice or Pages or  
> AppleWorks or whatever) is going to change it to a 6-shaped  
> quotation mark. So you will get:
> 6gan (‘gan) rather than 9gan (’gan).
> The rules which I posted earlier today prevent this 100% of the time.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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Craig Weatherhill

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