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Re: More Gothic text

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 21:02
Roger Mills scripsit:

> The orthography doesn't help either. In Wright's grammar, there are > diacritics to show the 3 (assumed) pronunciations of "ai" and "au"-- )Bái, aí, > ai etc. "ei" represents /i:/; there are macrons over various vowels, to > distinguish long vs. short /o/ for ex.
In fact this is not so much an assumed pronunciation as an artificial one even more archaic than living 5th-century Gothic. IMHO the Right Thing is to pronounce e and o as /e/ and /o/, and ai and au as /E/ and /O/ always, and not worry about macrons over a and u (which are pretty rare anyhow). -- Is a chair finely made tragic or comic? Is the John Cowan portrait of Mona Lisa good if I desire to see it? Is the bust of Sir Philip Crampton lyrical, epical or dramatic? If a man hacking in fury at a block of wood make there an image of a cow, is that image a work of art? If not, why not? --Stephen Dedalus