[Spellyans] The two roles of â (a-circumflex) in Kernowek Standard

A. J. Trim ajtrim at msn.com
Wed Sep 18 23:06:32 BST 2013

I can understand the reluctance to change.
Total: 1,502,138 words. That is impressive!
Keep up the good work.

As I said, last year, KS is becoming the de facto standard for quality 
publications  in Cornish.
Learners will have to learn KS to read it. Hopefully, they will prefer KS to 
other offerings, and I hope that they will start to write their own.
They will decide whether or not to use and/or change KS. We should give them 
the best that we can but at some point someone has to say, "It's good enough 
now. Let's use it." It does not need to be perfect. Look a English.

Now that KS has been officially frozen, what is the purpose of this forum? 
Is it still needed?
Is there still any interest in the SWF and its review or have we forked?
Should we be at this stage before we know the results of the review?


Andrew J. Trim

-----Original Message----- 
From: Michael Everson
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:30 PM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] The two roles of â (a-circumflex) in Kernowek 

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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