[Spellyans] gawas 'to get'
craig at agantavas.org
Wed Sep 7 09:15:16 BST 2011
I would certainly call the orthographies of Tregear and Jordan as
authentic, because they were native writers in a period when the
language was still fairly widely spoken. Just as I'd consider the
widely varied English orthographies of Chaucer and Shakespeare as
authentic. Similarly, I view the spellings of Jenner, Nance and
Nicholas as authentic because each adhered to a principle of closely
respecting textual Cornish. RLC is also authentic in that its varied
orthographies closely follow LC texts or Lhuyd.
I do not consider KK or SWF/M to be authentic because they abandon
that respect for the traditional in favour of a modern, flawed
doctrine. SWF/T I consider to be basically authentic, but with some
On 7 Gwn 2011, at 08:51, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 7 Sep 2011, at 08:27, Ray Chubb wrote:
>>> It's simply not the case that authentic Middle Cornish orthography
>>> ceased to exist in 1549.
>> I think what we can safely say is that any control over it ceased
>> to exist.
> There was a continuum of spelling options even before 1549.
> I don't understand how you use "authentic" in this context though.
> Evidently you think Nance's orthography is authentic, though since
> you prefer UCR you must agree that Nance's failure to distinguish /
> ø/ from /y/ (UCR ue from ü) was a mistake. Do you think that
> Jenner's orthography is authentic? Tregear's? Jordan's?
>> It's a bit like Nicholas abandoning UCR, we all feel free to tinker
>> or pick and choose from it as we wish.
> Nicholas (and I as a publisher) "abandoned" UCR because we (along
> with others) realized the value of moving towards an orthography
> which made use of authentic graphs while also doing a better job at
> (1) representing the major dialect differences of Revived Cornish
> (the continuum of choices between RMC, RTC, and RLC) and (2) being
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