[Spellyans] Diacritics that distinguish homographs

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 22:20:20 BST 2018

There are a number.
Those in which diacritics indicate a phonetic difference include:

pur ‘pure’, pûr ‘snot’
cur ‘choir’, cûr ‘coast’
cok ‘cock’, côk ‘boat’
col ‘divination’, còl ‘point, peak’
colyn ‘puppy’, côlyn ‘coal of fire’
coma ‘comma’, côma ‘coma'
cost ‘coast’, còst ‘cost’
mes ‘out’, mès ‘but’
por ‘grazes’ e.g. y por ‘he grazes’, pòr ‘very'
es ‘thou art’, ès ‘than’
da ‘to’ (Late), dâ ‘good’
rev ‘oar’, rèv ‘presumption’
uja ‘to howl’, ùja ‘after’ (Late),
usyn ‘chaff’, ûsyn ‘we use’.

There are also some in which the diacritic is graphemic only:

eth ‘eight’, êth ‘went'
owna ‘to fear’, ôwna ‘to mend’.
a ‘of’, â ‘goes’
ke ‘hedge’, kê ‘go!’

> On 20 Apr 2018, at 13:16, Jon Mills <j.mills at email.com> wrote:
> Which Cornish words, when written in KS, would be homographs were it not for diacritics?
> Jon
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