Re: Quenya and other Tolkien's languages' <ss>
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 11:59|
Quoting Petr Mejzlík <imploder@...>:
> Does <ss> in Quenya represent geminate /s/ or is it just another
> orthographic quirk to adjust the appearance to English spelling (like the
> diaeresis on e)? Or is it just that /s/ is often long in these languages
> since <ss> is very common? Being it just a way to write single /s/
> somewhere would be pretty confusing since these languages have consonant
> gemination (<nn> = /n:/, <mm> = /m:/ etc.).
Appendix E to the rescue:
"Note that consonants written twice, as tt, ll, ss, nn, represent long, 'double'