[Spellyans] SWF (t) and Maga web site
christian.semmens at gmail.com
christian.semmens at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 12:27:43 IST 2012
Thank you for the clarification Jenefer. It is looking to the future which is what we need to do now. The linguistic choice now obviates the novel spelling system of the last twenty years. It serves no useful purpose any more and simply serves to cause friction. By simply inverting the spelling priority we remove the problem. However this is likely to be unacceptable. Therefore simply removing the positive discrimination in favour of the novel variant would give learners the opportunity to make their own minds up.
It is the aesthetics that affect most non expert people. The phonology of KK was largely ignored anyway. Certainly few managed to reproduce it in practice.
It would be a Phyrric victory to have Cornish divested of the KK phonology only to have it saddled with it's spelling style. One which is now purely an arbitrary aesthetic choice.
On 07/08/2012 10:00 Lowe Jenefer wrote:
I am away working at an event in Brittany at the moment and therefore only infrequently checking email. However, I feel I must just set the record straight. My position and that of MAGA is to work to the agreements made unless and until those change in any way, via the review. I have sent out the attached document, produced by the AHG as part of the agreement and spec, many times, but it continues to be ignored. It has always also been available on the website along with the spec. It sets out clearly what was agreed on variants and on traditional graphs and it is that agreement to which we adhere. The agreement put traditional graphs in place for those who wish to use them, but was emphatic that this did not create another 'form' - it wasn't a case of use all or nothing of the traditional graphs. I think the paper makes the position at the moment absolutely clear. That is why we are not looking at a dictionary with traditional forms but explaining the alternatives available within the one dictionary. The online dictionary will enable searches for traditional graph spellings and should be available, once a couple of technical issues are resolved.
We are very happy to accept traditional graphs in use - in newsletter articles for example, but it was never the case that they would be used officially and we have to stick to the agreements made.
Michael is right - SWF is not KK, the basis is different and we do need to keep aesthetic and linguistic points apart. This is exactly why the agreement at Treyarnon separated out the linguistic variants catered for by the Middle and Late variants from the aesthetic considerations represented by the traditional graphs. Trond was very clear on this point and right to be so. That is why he originally termed the traditional graphs 'side forms' - meaning they exist beside and along with the official forms.
And Michael - once again the initial information on the conference is available in the latest newsletter you have received. Full information will go out as soon as the details of venue are confirmed.
I may not be online again for a day or two but hope that this will help to explain why we take the stance we do in support of the agreement as made.
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From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Daniel Prohaska
Sent: 05 August 2012 16:05
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] SWF (t) and Maga web site
I can't remember. It's likely I wrote to Jenefer or Elizabeth about it.
On Aug 5, 2012, at 3:33 PM, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 5 Aug 2012, at 14:27, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>> I have offered to make a SWF/t version of the dictionary and my offer has simply been ignored…
> Who was it who ignored it?
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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