[Spellyans] SWF review

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Thu May 8 20:04:13 IST 2014


My worry, Eddie, is that the spelling might invite mispronunciation, reintroducing a harsh sound to the middle of a word when that sound vanished a long time ago.  Obviously, through 80 years of Nance, we're well used to seeing it, but I think the UCR adjustment got it right.
Hope you're well, ole buddy!

Craig


On 2014 Me 8, at 19:08, Eddie Climo wrote:

> Some points of information:
> -- it wasn't moribund in Middle Cornish, and Nance offers entries such as "mar(g)hak" leaving the medial -gh- optional, covering both Middle and Tudor Cornish. Like him, I'm quite relaxed about this.
> -- the argument has been raised that medial -gh- might mislead learners. Put simply, learners need to learn, and teachers need to know the language well enough in order to teach it. We should not 'dumb down' Cornish orthography to the lowest common denominator.
> 
> Eddie Climo
> 
> On 8 May 2014, at 18:41, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
> 
>> I see that the decision was made to restore medial -gh-.   A backwards step, in my view, as medial -gh- was moribund by the Tudor period.
>> 
>> I can live with it in SWF, but with regret.
>> 
>> Craig
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