[Spellyans] SWF Review
A. J. Trim
ajtrim at msn.com
Thu Sep 20 01:27:28 IST 2012
On 19/09/12 21:16, Owen Cook wrote:
> · Distribute i and y in some way that uses mostly y at the ends of
> words and i mostly elsewhere. There are numerous possible ways of
> doing this, which we have talked over on this list and UdnFormScrefys
> at length.
I would use <-y> at the end of most words but I would otherwise use <i>
for long and <y> for short. This scheme has snags but it is really
simple to grasp.
Most words would start with a <y-> because most words start with a short
vowel, e.g. <yn> "in", <yma> "is", <ygery> "to open". Where the vowel is
long, it would start with an <i>, e.g. <i> "they", <ës>/<ïs> "corn",
<Porth Ia> "St Ives".
The KS <bës>/<bÿs> words would become <bës>/<bïs> words.
If someone were to write their Cornish without the diaereses, readers
would lose the benefit of the vowel markings but at least they would be
One snag is that an <i> would change to a <y> when an ending is added,
and a <y> may change to an <i> (or it may not) when an ending is lost.
Also, when <ï> changes to a <y>, you may wish to write that <ÿ>. One
advantage is that you don't need a circumflex in words like <pitsa>
because the <i> would already be long.
I would write all diphthongs with <y>, e.g. <yu>, <ay>, <ey>.
However, I would write (non-diphthong) vowel digraphs with <i>, e.g.
<ia>, <io>, <iy>, <ai>.
Andrew J. Trim
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