Re: Love Poem in tengwar and Latin letters
- --- In email@example.com, "Gregson Vaux" <gvaux@m...> wrote:
>In the attested orthographic modes, it's about spelling differences.
> I am beginning to think that I have misunderstood what is meant by
> long and short vowels. Are we talking about a sound difference or a
> spelling difference? When I was young, I learned that the word
> "pick" had a short I while the word "pike" had a long I. Long and
> short described different phonemes. When we talk about long and
> short vowels going with long and short carriers, are we talking
> about spelling differences? If this is the case, it describes my
> source of confusion.
In the attested phonemic modes, it's about pronunciation differences.
Note that in the attested phonemic modes, Tolkien, a great linguist,
didn't employd the popular and traditional distinction between "short"
and "long" vowels you have learned which is kind of inbetween spelling
differences and pronunciation differences, but a distinction between
long and short vowels that is only based on pronunciation. In the
attested phonemic tengwar modes, the long vowel that corresponds to
the short vowel of _pick_ is the vowel of _peak_ and the vowel of
_pike_ is not long but a diphthong: a + i.
Since you're using a secondary, post-Tolkien mode, you don't need to
care about what Tolkien did, of course, unless you aim to write in a
way that would be acceptable for the community of those who care for
Tolkien's tengwar samples.
j. 'mach' wust