[Spellyans] reson and mason

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sat May 30 11:33:06 BST 2009

On 30 May 2009, at 09:49, tom.trethewey at yahoo.co.uk wrote:

> How does KS distinguish between the s in reson (voiced) and the s in  
> mason (unvoiced)?

reson [ˈrɛzən] 'reason', basson [ˈbæsən] 'basin', masson  
[ˈmæsən] 'mason'. (Dan should check his transcriptions for these  

> I cannot find anything about this in the specification.  Please  
> advise.

The specification is for KS1 which is quite different from KS. KS1 was  
a proposal that went in as input to the AHG. I rather doubt most of  
the AHG members studied it, but that's neither here nor there now. KS  
starts from the SWF. For instance, KS1 has "beis" but the SWF has  
"bys"/"bes", for which KS has "bÿs"/"bës". Distribution of "i" and  
"y" in stressed monosyllables and their derivatives is completely  
different in KS1 and KS (since KS follows the SWF here).

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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