[Spellyans] Problems in revived Cornish

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Thu Nov 2 16:11:30 GMT 2017


On 2 Du 2017, at 15:40, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 1 Nov 2017, at 12:35, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org>  
> wrote:
>>
>> in my view, KS2 has gone too far, with things like differentiation  
>> between <yn> and <in>
>
> Well, KS is the only orthography that enables users to know  
> precisely WHEN to write <i> and when to write <y>.

This is very true, I rarely make mistakes when writing KS, I make them  
all the time writing in SWF.

> We have a general rule to write <i> in initial position, and we  
> distinguish <in> ‘in’ from the particle <yn> for two reasons.  
> First, one (in) mutates and the other (yn) does not, so it is less  
> confusing, since one knows which is which. Second, we recommend the  
> pronunciation [ɪn] for the first and [ən] for the second (as we  
> also recommend [ə(θ)] for the preverbal particle <y(th)>, and [ə 
> ˈmaː] for <yma>.
>
> The traditional corpus doesn’t distinguish these, but neither does  
> it distinguish <i> and <y> at all, or <s> and <ſ>, or [ð] and [θ].
>
> I don’t think KS would be better if we write “in tâ” and “in  
> gwir”. I think users are better served by making a distinction.
>
> Michael
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Ray


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