Silent _e_ in _-ed_ [was: Re: just a small request]
- --- In email@example.com, "calwen76" <calwen.rudh@s...> wrote:
>Thanks for pointing that out! I had overlooked it.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "j_mach_wust" <j_mach_wust@y...>
> > The words _emerged_ and _seared_ are tricky: I think we can't tell
> > from the few attested samples whether the _e_ in the ending _-ed_
> > should be written with the normal e-tehta or with the dot below.
> > In DTS 10, there's an instance (of _complicated_) with a dot
> > below, but in DTS 13, there are two instances (of _rescued_ and of
> > _barred_) with a normal e-sign. The spelling of DTS 13, however,
> > is less reliable, since that text is a typical example that
> > dwarves are not very fond of orthography as Tolkien pointed out in
> > the essay _Of Dwarves and Men_ (published in _The Peoples of
> > Middle-earth_).
> In DTS 10, there are 'two styles of Elvish script' as Tolkien
> himself wrote: a tehta mode and a full mode. In the tehta mode, the
> silent E in _complicated_ is written as a dot above (in this
> specimen, Is are written with an accute accent, Es are written with
> a dot), i.e. it is written as a normal e-sign, in the full mode it
> is however written as a dot below, i.e. not as a 'regular' e-sign in
> a full mode (which would be yanta).
> And yet, in other full modeDTS 16, 17, 18, 23 (not 20 as you've mistakenly written) and 24 are
> examples (DTS 18 _lived_, DTS 20 _stayed_ and _purchased_, DTS 24
> _deceived_ etc.) the silent E is not expressed at all. It is my
> impression then that Tolkien was maybe influenced by the
> pronunciation - while the silent E in _complicated_ is actually not
> silent since we need to pronounce T and D one after another and thus
> we say [komplikeitid], all other examples found include the 'real'
> silent E that is not in fact pronounced.
another issue since they represent phonemic modes, and not
orthographic modes. As far as I know, the only orthographic mode
samples are the ones of DTS 10 and 13.
I think we don't have enouth samples to decide on this issue. Three
samples show a normal e-letter, while one shows the dot below, but two
of the three are in the orthographically defective specimen of DTS 13.
I like your hypothesis.
j. 'mach' wust