A. J. Trim
ajtrim at msn.com
Sun Nov 1 22:37:19 GMT 2015
As there are only about five of these disambiguating diacritical marks
in KS, the affected words could be respelt irregularly, and they could
easily be learnt as exceptions.
I suggest adding an 'a', as follows:
eath (went) and eth (eight) and daa (good) and da (variant of 'dha').
ke 'go' ~ kea 'hedge'; po 'if' ~ poa < boa subjunctive of bos; te 'thou'
~ tea 'tea'.
As for 'ù', I have been advocating 'v' instead for the last 5 years:
cvssul, vnderstondya, arlvth, pvb.
Although this looks strange at first, it soon becomes natural. It is
rarely ambiguous. It is easy to write.
I am not against diacritical marks. I only want to minimise their use.
Andrew J. Trim
On 01/11/15 18:43, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
> NB: The SWF spelling is ‹*/kussul/*› or ‹*/cussul/*›.
>> On 01 Nov 2015, at 17:29, njawilliams <njawilliams at gmail.com
>> <mailto:njawilliams at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> I can think of only a few examples more: kê 'go' ~ ke 'hedge'; pò
>> 'if' ~ po < bo subjunctive of bos; te 'thou' ~ tê 'tea'. The use of
>> the diacritic here is like French a 'has' ~ à 'to'; ou 'or' ~ où
>> 'where?' I certainly have never found it arduous or irksome. Although
>> I always use diacritics when writing KS, others may prefer to omit
>> them in certain cases. The advantage of diacritics is that they
>> facilitate the reading of written Cornish. KS cùssul is unambiguous.
>> SWF cusul/kusul is not.
>> Notice that I am writing this on my iPhone and have no difficulty
>> with diacritics.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 1 Samh 2015, at 15:19, Ray Chubb <ray at spyrys.org
>> <mailto:ray at spyrys.org>> wrote:
>>> I have to admit that it is only recently that I have studied in
>>> depth where one should apply the accents in KS.
>>> Having read the section in Desky Kernowek, I think I understand the
>>> rules now and there is one case for applying accents which I would
>>> query. We are informed that a circumflex accent ( ˄) is used to show
>>> when two words have the same spelling and pronunciation but have
>>> different meanings, e.g. êth (went) and eth (eight) and dâ (good)and
>>> da (variant of 'dha').
>>> We do not yet have a full dictionary in KS so I don't know how many
>>> examples this rule is likely to throw up. I believe that most
>>> regular users of Cornish will understand that a different word is
>>> involved from the context in which the word is written. To show
>>> different words in this way by a circumflex is, I believe,
>>> unnecessary and only increases the number of accents that must be
>>> inserted in order to write KS.
>>> A quicker way of inserting accents has recently been explained to me
>>> but, nevertheless, it still takes more time to write a document in
>>> KS than it would in Unified or SWF.
>>> Ray Chubb
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