[Spellyans] cledh etc

Hewitt, Stephen s.hewitt at unesco.org
Wed Jan 16 15:00:14 GMT 2013


It would be good if a regularly updated compendium of the current state of play of KS could be maintained somewhere.

Thanks,

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
Sent: 15 January 2013 18:00
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] cledh etc

On 15 Jan 2013, at 16:23, Dan, then Michael wrote:

>> 2) Sorting out how to represent short /u/, short /o/ and short /y/ ~ /i/ consistently. My preference is <u> for short /u/, <o> for short /o/ and <ü> for short /y/ ~ /i/. 
> 
> In KS we use <u> for /y/~/i/ and not <ü> because the /y/~/i/ phoneme is much much much more common than the /u/ phoneme. Therefore we mark short <ù> and long <û>. This reduces the number of diacritics in a typical text. This is a good idea, since some people don't like them. 

Um, wait. You only mentioned short vowels, Dan. So what do you want? Here is how we do it:

/y/~/i/ <u> when short, <u> when long; the regular length rules (voiced or voiceless following consonant) tell you which. I don't believe we found ANY exceptions to the regular length rules for this class. So it never needs a diacritical mark. 

/u/ <ù> when short, <û> when long. Diacritical marks always used. 

/o/ <o> when short, <o> when long; the regular length rules (voiced or voiceless following consonant) tell you which. In instances where the regular length rules do not apply, <ò> when short, <ô> when long (côta, còst).

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/


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