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Gettysburg Address

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 3, 2004, 15:00
From:    Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
> þe getisbyrg adres > getisbyrg, pensilvánia > nóvembr 19, 1863 > > fôr skór and seven jérs agó úr faþrs bråt forþ on þis kontinent, a ný > nášyn, konsévd in libyrti, and dedikátid to þe propósišyn þat ål men ar > kré-átid ekwål. [...]
Interesting, but some questions/comments: (1) Why are "war" and "shall" (using old orthography) spelled with the same vowel? There is no historical or morphophonemic feature that unites them AFAIK. (2) Is there any consistency to the treatment of /&/? On the one hand, you have "kan", but on the other you have "šål" -- or is [Sal] or something like it the RP pronunciation? (3) "þés ded" should probably be "þis déd" (4) "pyriš" should probably be "periš" (5) "góvyrnment" should probably be "gyvyrnment", except in those British dialects where it would be "guvyrnment". (6) does <ý> represent MidEng /u:/ --> ModEng /ju/? Generally, a very good morphophonemic representation. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>