everson at evertype.com
Mon Jun 30 19:29:06 BST 2008
At 18:20 +0100 2008-06-30, nicholas williams wrote:
>KS uses y for [I] everywhere except
>in derivatives of monosyllables in <i>, e.g. gwir, gwiryoneth; tir, tiryow
The SWF does this.
>and also where a final long i occurs in a stressed syllable despit, constrin.
This is a fine distinction; it is not unrelated
to our distinction of <ia> from <ya>.
Pragmatically we will have to be careful laying
out the rules, because there are overlaps.
(1) Initially <i> is [I]; initial [i:] would be
written <î> (modulo <ÿs/ës>). This rule increases
the visibility of the letter <i> considerably --
a concern many RLC users have expressed to us.
(2) In monosyllables and their derivatives <i> is
[i:] and <y> is [I] (modulo <bÿs>/<bës>. When
unstressed, these <i> letters are shortened to
(3) In polysyllables not derived from
monosyllables, the sound is almost invariably
[I]. In final unstressed position, <y> will be
[I]~[@] and <i> will indiate that the vowel is
[i:] and that the syllable is stressed
(crodo'dil, pl. croco'dilys; con'strin, ppl
con'strinys). Elsewhere in medial position <y>
will be used since the vowel is almost always
[I]; in those rarer instances where the vowel is
[i:], it can be marked with the circumflex <î>
(bîbel (if not beybel) sîra, personal names).
We will deal with final position a bit later
(please not right away). In the meantime, could
you please think very carefully about (3) above
and see if there are any pitfalls there.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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