[Spellyans] SWF spec.

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Fri May 7 18:42:50 IST 2010


Just spotted another one.  The Jan. 2008 draft clearly states that  
traditional forms "may be freely used in writing and publications,  
including officially funded publications".  The mention of "officially  
funded publications" is missing from the final spec.  Why?  Who  
authorised the omission?

Craig


On 7 Me 2010, at 18:30, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> There seems to be some misunderstanding of the spec., and following  
> debate, I can see why.
>
> Street signage and new place-names are done in the Main Form.   
> Michael doesn't like that and, quite honestly, neither do I.  BUT  
> our hands are tied.
>
> The SWF final spec. says:  "(traditional graphs) will not appear in  
> elementary language textbooks or in official documents produced by  
> public bodies".  Like it or not, street signage, as a function of  
> the Council, counts as "official documents".  No way around it.
>
> But - hold on - how has that happened?  The draft spec., dated  
> 29.1.08, sent out to the linguistic advisers had rather different  
> wording.  This said:  "The Main Forms will be given preference in  
> textbooks and official documents".  "Will be given preference" is  
> not the same as "will not appear".
>
> Similarly, the Jan 08 draft says:  "It is also likely that many  
> place-names will be written in forms that reflect Side Form  
> spellings using <c>, <q> and <wh>."  In the final spec., this  
> statement is missing.  There is not a single mention of place-names.
>
> Why the changes?  Who authorised them?  They weren't noticed before  
> now because only a few people saw that Jan. 08 draft, which wasn't  
> publicly circulated.  The impression given by the final spec. was  
> that it illustrated what had been agreed by the AHG.  These changes  
> were not.
>
> How many other surreptitious changes were made to the spec?
>
> Craig
>
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> On 7 Me 2010, at 18:08, Michael Everson wrote:
>
>> On 7 May 2010, at 17:56, Michael Everson wrote:
>>
>>> But its orthography is *outside* of the Glasney-based scribal  
>>> tradition that our (and Jenner's and Nance's) orthography
>>
>>
>> ... is based on.
>>
>> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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