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CHAT reformed Gaelic (was: reformed Welsh Spelling [to: Ray Brown])

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Saturday, December 6, 2003, 19:08
On Thursday, December 4, 2003, at 11:32 PM, Stephen Mulraney wrote:

> Ray Brown wrote: > > >> Reforming Gaelic spelling is interesting (tho I don't imagine the Irish >> or >> Scots would go along with any of our proposals). > > Interesting, but difficult;
I agree - and being difficult makes it more interesting in my book. Tinkering around with a system that's not far off phonemic is IMO rather trivial & boring.
> Irish (in particular) has an impressive dialectical > range for such a small language,
I know.
> and what you said about Welsh orthography, that > it's independent of regionalisms, holds for Irish too. Anyway, to > paraphrase your > comment about the Welsh letter |w|, hell will freeze over before you > persuade the > Goidelics to abandon their use of |aidheagh| as a vowel. Some of usrather > like it:)
Quite so. IMO any reform of Gaelic spelling has to come from Gaelic itself as, indeed, it has done from time to time. But a radically different Romanization of Gaelic might form the basis of a conlang :)
> > It has been observed by > > some that Cyrillic would be a more suitable alphabet for that Gaelic > langs. > > Indeed. I made a mock-up over a year ago, which can be see at >
I'll be visiting that site :) [snip]
> Also you can see an (even less carefully thought out) example of *Russian* > written > in *Irish* orthography at the following location... :) > >
Now that's even more interesting :)
> Although I massively prefer Russian's native orthography, I do like the > idea of > using |ao| for Russian yeru, since Irish sometimes employs |ao| for a > sound > something like [1] or [M]...
Yep :) BTW I do disagree with JRRT over Gaelic - I find it one of the more pleasant sounding languages. Ray =============================================== (home) (work) ===============================================


Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>CHAT reformed Gaelic