[Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Academie francaise
dlrt2 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Feb 2 10:31:22 GMT 2011
To clarify, I was aware that the diaeresis had been used by Nance, but
was saying that ÿ and ë were unfamiliar.
As far as having a negative reaction, its an aesthetic reaction to the
change in the overall "look" of the language, I guess it would probably
go away with more exposure to it.
Michael Everson wrote:
> On 2 Feb 2011, at 08:37, David Trethewey wrote:
>> For what its worth, my initial reaction to ÿ and ë was negative, I think that having a diacritic that looks very unfamiliar may put people off the language.
> Nance used ü in his dictionaries and grammars. The diacritic is not "very unfamiliar"; it has been visible in the Revival for a very long time indeed.
>> My reaction to ô or â or ù to indicate things like irregular vowel length was more positive, perhaps given that these are commonly found in languages such as French and Welsh.
> French (and English) both use the diaeresis in words like naïve, and Welsh uses the diaeresis as well (copïo, storïau).
> And why exactly was your reaction "negative"? We've rehearsed the practical and technical reasons for not using ê/ŷ (no point in specifying a diacritic that is unavailable in many fonts).
> It's two little dots. The letter "i" has one dot just like them. The two little dots indicate that these two letters are part of a large class of words with a dialect alternation.
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