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Re: Andrew 'fesses to a webpage update!
Andrew Smith wrote:
> 1. nn clusters have been simplified to n. There is no change in
> pronunciation, just spelling.
Okay! Was this a change *within* the Brithenig Universe, or *to* it?
In other words, did King G. promulgate a spelling reform in late
1998, or did Andrew get a new and improved interdimensional
> I have never managed to successfully grok the differences between
> present participles and gerunds though.
Easy. If it's functioning as an adjective, it's a participle.
If it's functioning as a noun it's a gerund. Latin had different
but similar forms (gerund in -nd with 2nd declension endings,
participle in "ns/nt-" with 3rd declension endings) for these.
> Where the -nt- ending survives in
> Brithenig it is usually used as a noun or an adjective.
IOW the Brithenig present participle, like the English one, functions
as both. No problem. In Middle Scots, though, the true participle
(adjective) ended in "-and" vs. the gerund (noun) in "-ing". This
may survive in Scots over *there*.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)