[Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Académie française

Herbie Blackburn kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com
Sat Jan 29 22:36:47 GMT 2011

My main question would be – were diacritics always used in the heyday of
Cornish literature? Having looked at folios of the Ordinalia I think they
did not have diacritics in the general text, maybe elsewhere?

If not – then I suggest diacritics are optional in written Cornish, but
mandated in dictionaries, teaching material and the like, I,e, as Eddie
suggests ‘Should they be hightly recommented in
lexicographic/reference/didactic writings and optional elsewhere?‘,
otherwise it becomes a language that alienates those trying to pick it up
from a less familiar base, one more block to taking it up.


Eddie wrote:


From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net]
On Behalf Of Eddie Climo
Sent: 29 January 2011 21:25
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Académie française


Not in the slightest; I'm perfectly aware of the distinction between fuzzy
search criteria and orthography. I think that you have mistaken this forum
for a high-school debating society, where the main aim is to score jejune
'points', rather than to elucidate the matter under discussion. Instead of
indulging yourself in patronising condescension, you might attempt to
address the substantive issue that I raised..


I propose that we discuss the precise wording of the role of diacritics that
will go into the formal submission we make on behalf of KS to the
Partnership in due course. At present, I feel that there is little or no
attempt to reach consensus in this forum, but that the decisions are being
taken rather capriciously by Nicholas and Michael.


I would like to hear from other members of this forum, so that we might form
a view of their consensus on this matter. Fellow 'Spellyansoryon', the issue
before us is this: 

— Should the diacritics in KS be mandatory in all writings? 

— Should they be optional in all writings? 

— Should they be hightly recommented in lexicographic/reference/didactic
writings and optional elsewhere?

— Or should they have some other role?

— Furthermore, do we currently have a surfeit of diacritics? Could we idealy
do with fewer of them?


Let us hear your views, please, so we can discuss these questions before
taking a vote to ascertain what measure of consensus there may be amongst

Eddie Foirbeis Climo

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Dres ethom akennow byner re bo lyeshes

Accenti non multiplicandi praeter necessitatem


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