[Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe

j.mills at email.com j.mills at email.com
Fri May 21 08:50:58 BST 2010

Since the apostrophe is not realised phonologically, it can be argued that we don't need it at all. I am inclined to keep use of the apostrophe to a minimum, particularly where Late Cornish forms are concerned. I prefer therof to th'erof.
Ol an gwella,

Dr. Jon Mills, 
School of European Culture and Languages, 
University of Kent

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>
To: Standard Cornish discussion list <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Sent: Thu, May 20, 2010 8:45 pm
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe

On 20 May 2010, at 20:17, A. J. Trim wrote:
> Yes, I agree with almost all of this. It is simple, and it gives good results.
Thank you for saying so. You may have noticed that these are the principles 
e've been using in our publications already.
> We could omit the apostrophe in <therof>, etc. Those that care will know it's 
I think th'erof is kinder to RMC users, who would find it closer to yth esof 
han therof would be.
> In English, we have several words that have an apostrophe (like "don't") that 
ont really need one.
There is a difference between "cant" and "can't" and "wont" and "won't", though.
> The SWF (late) forms have too many apostrophes for my liking. The result looks 
ery much more debased and corrupted than it really is. In reality, Cornish just 
volved into the late forms - it didn't just fall apart, which is the false 
mpression that the SWF orthography gives.
I tend to agree. We're preparing a publication in the Late dialect which -- I 
elieve -- will show the text in a very positive light. It's an illustrated 
ublication, so I am not sure when it will be ready, since it takes time to 
repare the art....
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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