[Spellyans] The two roles of â (a-circumflex) in Kernowek Standard
everson at evertype.com
Wed Sep 18 21:30:32 BST 2013
On 16 Sep 2013, at 11:30, Philip Newton <philip.newton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Or is it too late to change KS?
What do you think? Here is the word-count of titles published or soon to be published in this orthography:
Adro dhe'n Bÿs in Peswar Ugas Dëdh 7,105
Alys in Pow an Anethow 30,800
An Beybel Sans 784,946
Best Goon Brèn 2,683
Devocyon an Greryow 103,601
Enys Tresour 78,318
Flehes an Hens Horn 68,015
Gwerryans an Planettys 67,872
Jowal Lethesow 63,256
Kensa Lyver Redya 5,430
Ky Teylu Baskerville 64,323
Lyver Pejadow rag Kenyver Jorna 5,986
Whedhlow ha drollys a Gernow Goth 10,151
Whedhlow Kernowek 26,952
[not yet published] 72,827
[not yet published] 67,021
[not yet published] 42,852
Total: 1,502,138 words.
On top of this there is Skeul an Tavas, Desky Kernowek, and Geryow Gwir.
So, what do you think?
Changes to an orthography ought to be motivated to solve actual problems. For my part I do not believe that the "problem" of cân, glân, gwlân, clâv, gwâv, hâv, âls, fâls, brâs, and tâl is so great that either cån, glån, gwlån, clåv, gwåv, håv, åls, fåls, brås, and tål or cän, glän, gwlän, cläv, gwäv, häv, äls, fäls, bräs, and täl would be an improvement. I think these words are learnt easily.
In fact, from a graphic point of view, ‹å› looks like [ɒ], and ‹ä› looks like [æ]; ‹â› is better for an alternation [ɒ]~[æ].
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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