[Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Académie française

ewan wilson butlerdunnit at ntlworld.com
Tue Feb 1 20:12:10 GMT 2011

Though no expert by any means my instincts are with Herbie and Ray. 
The 'fine tuning' of pronunciation is perhaps best left to a good learner's dictionary with a half decent pronunciation guide for English speakers. 
Normal Cornish orthography meanwhile, as Ray says, must not depart from the historic orthographic bases too radically or authenticity will be lost. Easing pronunciation for learners may be a laudable but misguided goal.  Adopting a spelling system based on too much deduction may simply have the effect of ingraining what turns out to be error! I'd rather have a system of spellings that is substantially found in the historic manuscripts and might require a little extra effort to master pronuciations - though there is no excuse for a lack of a good learner's dictionary to supply this central concern- than a tendentious system perilously removed from the original texts and so open both to major potential faults and accusations of not being 'proper' or authentic Cornish. 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ray Chubb 
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
  Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:58 AM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  Herbie is making a lot of sense here.  I have always maintained that if the Cornish revival is to have credibility its written form must approach the forms of Cornish written down by our ancestors.

  Only by reflecting, as far as possible within the bounds of their irregularities, the Cornish of the texts can we avoid the 'badly restored painting' charge.

  On 29 Gen 2011, at 22:36, Herbie Blackburn wrote:

    My main question would be – were diacritics always used in the heyday of Cornish literature? Having looked at folios of the Ordinalia I think they did not have diacritics in the general text, maybe elsewhere?
    If not – then I suggest diacritics are optional in written Cornish, but mandated in dictionaries, teaching material and the like, I,e, as Eddie suggests ‘Should they be hightly recommented in lexicographic/reference/didactic writings and optional elsewhere?‘, otherwise it becomes a language that alienates those trying to pick it up from a less familiar base, one more block to taking it up.

  Ray Chubb



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