[Spellyans] Problems in revived Cornish

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Thu Nov 2 15:40:45 GMT 2017

On 1 Nov 2017, at 12:35, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
>  in my view, KS2 has gone too far, with things like differentiation between <yn> and <in>

Well, KS is the only orthography that enables users to know precisely WHEN to write <i> and when to write <y>. We have a general rule to write <i> in initial position, and we distinguish <in> ‘in’ from the particle <yn> for two reasons. First, one (in) mutates and the other (yn) does not, so it is less confusing, since one knows which is which. Second, we recommend the pronunciation [ɪn] for the first and [ən] for the second (as we also recommend [ə(θ)] for the preverbal particle <y(th)>, and [əˈmaː] for <yma>.

The traditional corpus doesn’t distinguish these, but neither does it distinguish <i> and <y> at all, or <s> and <ſ>, or [ð] and [θ]. 

I don’t think KS would be better if we write “in tâ” and “in gwir”. I think users are better served by making a distinction.


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