[Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

Nicky Rowe nickyrowe at gmail.com
Wed May 9 17:01:04 IST 2012

Lowena dhewgh Spellyans

I did work experience at the Maga office earlier this year and had a
discussion with Jenefer about this very topic. She says that there is a lot
of confusion about the SWF agreement - apparently the traditional form is
not meant to be a separate orthography, but merely a set of allowed
variants that individuals can use if they choose to. Anything done in
public, and anything done by Maga would be in the main form. The AHG
agreement regarding this is on the SWF page on the Maga site. I don't know
who was part of the AHG but there surely must have been some
representatives from the traditional side there.

I wouldn't mind whichever form is the agreed form, they both have merits,
but I prefer to stick to cooperation and agreement rather than going off on
my own. It's unlikely that the situation will change much as of the review.
According to Jenefer most people use the main form. To me there is no
future without the SWF, whatever it may look like in the future.

Besides I don't think that spelling is by any means the most important
aspect of Cornish that needs attention, but the grammar, syntax and

Nicky Rowe

On 9 May 2012 16:55, Christian Semmens <christian.semmens at gmail.com> wrote:

> I believe the time has come to publicly argue again, Ray. Holding our
> own council only allows the drift into the acceptance of the current
> situation, which is the inevitable deprecation of the "Side Form",
> which is patently unacceptable. Even the term "Side Form" is
> unacceptable.
> The two form process is the result of compromising without compromising.
> As I said earlier, without the KK phonology it is the SWF "Main" form
> that needs to justify its existence not the traditional form which is
> the Cinderella of this particular pantomime.
> The problem here has been the last four years of positive
> discrimination in favour of this novel variant, the price paid for the
> acceptance of vocalic alternation. It is the Main/Side issue that is
> at fault here, not the unsuitability of the traditional form. By
> "Officially" defaulting to the Main variant there is no point in
> having a traditional variant. It is a ghetto, condemned to a short
> life in the twilight before complete deprecation.
> Also, don't forget that without the backing of traditional spelling
> groups you have no SWF, you just have two forms of KK, one without the
> phonology and one where it exists, but isn't used.
> Christian
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