Re: Barahir's ring page
- Lucy wrote that it'd read _too_, and I guess the reason for this is in the
long carrier. I'd say, however, that the length of the carrier isn't
relevant for the orthographic English tehtar mode, and therefore it still
reads rather _to_. If any vowels in an orthographic mode are to be
considered long, then it's the doubled vowels _oo_ (like in _too, book_) and
_ee_ (like in _see, been_). Yet these two vowels aren't represented with the
long carrier, but by a doubling. So the long carrier doesn't have any
disctinctive function, which makes it a free allograph (optional version) of
the short carrier.
The merging of short carrier and long carrier happens not only in the
orthographic English tehtar modes, but also in other very different modes,
e.g. in the phonetic English full writing of the Treebeard Page (DTS 24).