[Spellyans] chi v chy

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Mon May 3 16:09:36 IST 2010


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.

Craig



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.
> Dan
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On 03.05.2010, at 10:19, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org>  
> wrote:
>
>> 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.
>> --
>> Craig
>>
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