[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 
correctly pronounced.

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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