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<div>I am with Michael on this one. KS with diacritics is by far the best orthography for Cornish so far. It is clear and unambiguous. I take Eddie's point about his typing speed. However, most people's objections to diacritics seem to me irrational; they merely state that they do not like them, without addressing the linguistic concerns that are entailed. Nevertheless, I suspect that among the Cornish language community as a whole, diacritics are not popular, and that the majority will need to be persuaded if they are to adopt the use of diacritics.</div>
<div>Ol an gwella,<br>
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Dr. Jon Mills, <br>
University of Kent</div>
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From: Michael Everson <firstname.lastname@example.org><br>
To: Standard Cornish discussion list <email@example.com><br>
Sent: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 9:03 pm<br>
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Shall we vote on diacritics just now?<br>
<div style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff; MARGIN: 0px; FONT-FAMILY: Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, Sans-Serif; COLOR: #000; FONT-SIZE: 12px" id=AOLMsgPart_0_27fbab3f-f9ff-4125-8e60-0f0fcf8a44d7><PRE style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><TT>On 31 Jan 2011, at 19:08, Eddie Climo wrote:
> Are we yet ready, fellow Spellyansoryon, to consider a consensual rewording of
the KS formal spec vis à vis the precise rôle recommened by us for diacritical
signs in KS? Perhaps we need more time to discuss the issue. Perhaps not.
> I call for a vote; does anyone second the motion that we vote on the following
form of words?
>> Spellyans believes that diacritics in KS be highly recommended in
lexicographic/reference/didactic material, but be optional in other writings, at
the discretion of the writer/publisher/teacher.
I don't think so. In the first place I oppose this attempt to railroad the
discussion into a vote with such haste. (In the second I find your proposed
wording to be unacceptable.)
Yesterday I gave a number of good reasons for the opposition yesterday. I note
that you did not respond to any particular of the linguistic argument; you
merely said that you did not agree with it holus bolus. (The same sort of
non-response was given by Bailey and friends to Towards Authentic Cornish.)
Gainsaying is not argument.
KS orthography is what it is. It has been designed to be an accurate unambiguous
orthography. As such it does not differ from the orthography of French or Irish
or Hungarian. If a person cannot or will not follow the orthography because of
technical or volitional reasons, then all this implies is that the person cannot
or will not follow the orthography.
KS would not be accurate or unambiguous if its recommendation were to be watered
down. I can see no linguistic advantage to wavering on the recommendation that
good practice is to use diacritical marks, and indeed I can see no political
advantage to doing so in advance of any possible discussion with others in two
Six Cornish letters can take diacritical marks to make pronunciation clear.
â, à, ê, è, ë, î, ô, ò, û, ù, ÿ
These diacritical marks are important and should be learned as a proper part of
the words which have them. If you write them regularly, they will help you to
pronounce words more correctly, and they will help others to read what you write
That is a description of good practice. We mandate good practice in KS, and have
since its inception. If one wishes to derogate from that practice, then one is
derogating. Please don't ask us to *recommend* inaccuracy or ambiguity. We must
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