[Spellyans] <y Y> + diacritical
everson at evertype.com
Wed Jun 25 21:31:33 BST 2008
At 20:56 +0100 2008-06-25, Owen Cook wrote:
>><y> is [I] and <i> is [i:] in monosyllables and
>>their derivatives. Except that the SWF is
>>incoherent here where bÿs/bës are concerned.
>Isn't fixing incoherencies part of the point of this whole undertaking?
Yes; the diacritics on bÿs/bës is a way of fixing
that incoherence. Had it been <beis> there would
have been no issue with that class of words.
>>Because we can't succeed by "fixing" the SWF by
>>changing the spelling of bys and dydh to bis
>>and didh. They elected to preserve the bogus
>>[I:] here. If we put diaeresis on <dÿdh> and
>><dëdh> we are treading lightly. If we change
>>these to <dídh> and <dédh> we have gone too far.
>When did we decide this? It may be that our
>final decision about <y> and <i> requires us to
>change words like these anyway, no?
We do have decisions to make, but I think we have
to take it as read that the distribution in
monosyllables is fixed. For instance, dydh ~
dedhyow is now part of the SWF (as is dedh ~
dedhyow) in the form of Vocalic Alternation. I
don't think that we could get away with changing
this to didh ~ dedhyow since VA is already a
bitter enough pill the KK users have to swallow.
I think we should be conservative here.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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