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<div>Since the apostrophe is not realised phonologically, it can be argued that we don't need it at all. I am inclined to keep use of the apostrophe to a minimum, particularly where Late Cornish forms are concerned. I prefer <EM>therof to th'erof</EM>.</div>
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Dr. Jon Mills, <br>
School of European Culture and Languages, <br>
University of Kent</div>
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From: Michael Everson <firstname.lastname@example.org><br>
To: Standard Cornish discussion list <email@example.com><br>
Sent: Thu, May 20, 2010 8:45 pm<br>
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Rules for the apostrophe<br>
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> Yes, I agree with almost all of this. It is simple, and it gives good results.
Thank you for saying so. You may have noticed that these are the principles
we've been using in our publications already.
> We could omit the apostrophe in <therof>, etc. Those that care will know it's
I think th'erof is kinder to RMC users, who would find it closer to yth esof
than therof would be.
> In English, we have several words that have an apostrophe (like "don't") that
dont really need one.
There is a difference between "cant" and "can't" and "wont" and "won't", though.
> The SWF (late) forms have too many apostrophes for my liking. The result looks
very much more debased and corrupted than it really is. In reality, Cornish just
evolved into the late forms - it didn't just fall apart, which is the false
impression that the SWF orthography gives.
I tend to agree. We're preparing a publication in the Late dialect which -- I
believe -- will show the text in a very positive light. It's an illustrated
publication, so I am not sure when it will be ready, since it takes time to
prepare the art....
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