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Reform Spelling and other Trite Nonsense

So I haven't blogged in a while now, mostly because the last post i made ended in disaster.  So the lesson to learn here is that while anyone can put anything they want on Facebook, blogs are apparently more important, and nothing of any sort of substance or anything personally important to the blogger should ever be put there.  I lost a kitchen window to learn that lesson.

So on to unimportant things that no one but me could possibly care about.

I've been doing a lot of updating to the northeadish website, having changed a couple of rules (like intervocalid d > ð), updated some reform spelling orthography (like changing the -an verb ending from pgmc. -jan verbs to -en, though there is no change in pronunciation), and finally got the entire lexicon online, though I'm still formatting some of it.  The reform spelling in particular has undergone quite a few changes, and is really quite "germanicky" now.

For instance, compare the following in the standard literary alphabet and the reform spelling:


 Standard Literary Spelling

Æwlect mænsc sculða swō cnæʒɴ ōc cunɴ: 
ǣnɴ venðʌ vecslɴ, 
ǣna īnstœ̄rӿ fūrlægɴ, 
ænt farh slahtɴ, 
ænt scep stȳrn, 
ǣna baʒðþ ænðverpɴ, 
ǣna sunetqeðþ scrīvɴ, 
ǣna antal evnɴ, 
ǣna mūr baʒɴ, 
ǣnɴ bǣn fastsætɴ, 
þa daʒɴðɴ þræfstɴ, 
bafelhӿɴ nemɴ, 
bafelhӿɴ gevɴ, 
meðþwᵫrcɴ, 
selvʀ wᵫrcɴ, 
talevnӿɴ lœ̄sɴ, 
ænt nȳwt tʀver ūtþeŋcɴ, 
drīt slenʒɴ, 
ǣnɴ recnʀ īnfelhɴ, 
ǣnɴ smaclect māl cuqɴ, 
hrǣnlīca fehtɴ, 
ænðþ balðþ stervɴ. 
Þī basunðrӿ fʀðɴ cervfdȳrn ærðþ.

 Reform Spelling

Ewlekt mensk skulða swó knewgun ók kunan: 
énan venðal vekslen,
éna ínstørang fúrlegen, 
ent farh slahtan,
ent skep stýran,
éna bawgþ enðverpan,
éna sunetkweþ skrívan,
éna antal evnen,
éna múr bawgun,
énan bén fastseten,
þa dawgunðan þrefsten,
bafelhangan neman,
bafelhangan gevan,
meþwyrken,
selvar wyrken,
talevnangan løzen, 
ent nýwt turver útþenken,
drít slengun,
énan reknar ínfelhan,
énan smaklekt mál kukun,
hrénlíka fehtan, 
enþ balþ stervan. 
Þí basunðrang furðan kerfdýran erþ.

(By the way, the above is Heinlein: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”)

Of course, you'll notice in the standard literary spelling that i've had to resign myself to certain limitations of the inter-tubes, such as using ȳ instead of my beloved ᵫ-macron (the spacing just isn't compatible yet). 

I'm still wracking my brain to come up with a new Gothic for Goths lesson, but that's not going to be happening anytime soon.  As much as i'd love to crank out a new one, i just have too many other things going on in my life right now.  Peat's headed to San Francisco tomorrow for a good three weeks however, so maybe while he's away i can do some gothing.