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Using Cyrillic for Irish, was Re: Silent E

From:Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 9, 2001, 4:04
Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> wrote:

> > Keith Gaughan scripsit: > > > Russian has it easy -- it has it's own alphabet that's suited to > > writing stuff in it with. Gaelic, on the other hand, has to make do with > > an alphabet completely unsuited to it. Instead it uses a kludge with > > vowels to get the right effect. Of course, this means that outsiders > > look at the language with bewilderment. > > I think the main decision in rendering Irish using Cyrillic is to decide > whether to use Irish-style spelling rules (h's and eclipsis) or Welsh-style > (phonemic). Assuming the latter, then the main problem would be the > lack of an /h/ letter for "sh" and "th". The natural h-letter for > Irish-style spelling would either be the dot itself or CYRILLIC LETTER > PALOCHKA (looks like "I" but is really a diacritic; it is caseless).
I'd go with the Irish-style spelling myself. It's not (I hope) because I've grown up with it, but because I think it's advantages outweigh it's disadvantages. I'm ambivolent about what's used for lenition though as either solution has the same degree of elegance. This all reminds me of a joking thought I had that some time around the foundation of the Saorstat, Cork would declare itself to be the Ecotopic People's Republic of Cork and adopt the Cyrillic alphabet ;-) K. -- Keith Gaughan In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is a heretic [Temporarily]


John Cowan <cowan@...>