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Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sat Oct 9 15:07:47 BST 2010

On 9 Oct 2010, at 20:55, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> This fault of the SWF can be very easily rectified: by using I to represent the long vowel, and Y for the short vowel throughout.

The SWF does use "i" to represent long [iː] in stressed monosyllables. But in stressed polysyllables, the SWF uses "y" sometimes for short [ɪ] and sometimes for long [iː] that alternates with [eː]. We mark this last "ÿ", as you know.

KS1 proposed "ei" for the sound which alternates, but a lot of people weren't comfortable with that.

> As a morpho-phonemic orthography, one would have expected KK to have done this,

KK also uses "y" sometimes for short [ɪ] and sometimes for what they say is long [ɪː] (our long [iː]) that alternates with [eː] in RLC.

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

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