[Spellyans] UC/UCR

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 11:28:43 GMT 2012


UCR did not distinguish final f from final v: nef ~ genef.
UCR did not distinguish short i from long i: gwyn 'white' ~ gwyn 'wine'
UCR did not distinguish fronted u from back u: curun, cusul
UCR had no way of distinguishing the long vowel of cost 'coast' from the short vowel in 'cost'.
UCR had no way of distinguishing the voiced sound of s [z] in bras 'great' from the voiceless sound in fas 'face'.
I could go on.
KS solves all these problems without diverging too far from what is found in the texts.

Nicholas

On 14 Nov 2012, at 10:25, Michael Everson wrote:

> Similarly, KS is a step forward. Unlike UC and UCR, it does try to accommodate both earlier and later pronunciation styles ("dialects", if you will). It does so accurately and regularly. That's a feature, not a fault. 

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