[Spellyans] Front unrounded vowels, was: The quantity system

A. J. Trim ajtrim at msn.com
Tue Jun 24 22:33:44 BST 2008

I have looked at your sample text, as requested.

I  really don't like this use of the dieresis. I think that it makes the 
text look unauthentic. It's not really "unobtrusive". If it were it just 
wouldn't work.
However, if we must have the dieresis in our orthography, I have the 
following comments:

1) It is easy to remember that <ÿ> is [i:]. It is less easy to remember that 
<ÿ> is [e:].
2) It is easy to remember that <ë> is [e:]. It is easy for English speakers 
to remember that <ë> is [i:].
3) I would maintain <ei> as an alternative for those who cannot or do not 
want to use diacritical marks.
4) <ei> is closer to <ë> than it is to <ÿ>, so I would favour <ë>.
5) <ea> could be used, instead of <ei>, if the <ei> is politically 
unacceptable. This would give veadh, beas, deadh, preas ... just a thought.


Andrew J. Trim

From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 6:44 PM
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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Front unrounded vowels, was: The quantity system

> Please see a sample text with <ÿ> and <ë> at
> http://www.kernowek.net/jane-austen_KS17.pdf
> I've called this KS17, though there are other
> things which should figure that aren't yet
> implemented, like the distribution of <i> and <y>
> in monosyllables and their derivatives.
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