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Re: Another Silindion Poem!

From:Elliott Lash <al260@...>
Date:Monday, January 7, 2002, 18:08
John Cowan <jcowan@...> writes:

> Elliott Lash wrote: > > > I wrote yet another poem in Silindion. > > > One little typographical point. In most languages using the > Latin alphabet, a diaeresis when marking the fact that two vowels > are not a diphthong is placed on the second vowel, not the > first. There is one natlang exception that I know of (but > I can't remember what it is :-) ). JRRT also didn't > consistently do this in romanizing Quenya. > > If you are using the diaeresis to mark something other than > separation, as German does, of course this point has no force. >
An of course I'm not doing this. Diaeresis on a vowel is used to indicate a closer/tenser variant of the vowel. Now, the fact that this happens to only occur before another vowel with <i> isn't going to stop me from marking it, since it's still really asthetically pleasing. With <e> it happens before a vowel and at the end of the word. When the same sound occurs between consonants, it is written <ei> Elliott