Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue eBook

Alexander Hume
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5.  Heer is to be noated, that in divyding syllabes, the consonantes, one or moe, that may begin a syllab anie way in the middes of a word belong to the voual following, as in que-stion, qua-rel, fi-shar, sa-fron, ba-stard, de-scrib, re-scue.

6.  It is alsoe heer to be observed in printing and wryting, that quhen a word fales to be divyded at the end of a lyne, that the partition must be made at the end of a syllab, soe that the one lyne end at the end of the whol syllab, and the other begin the next lyne.  As, for exemple, if this word magistrat fel to be divided at the first syllab, it behoved to be ma-gistrat; if at the second, it behoved to be magi-strat; but no wayes to parte the m from the a, nor the g from the i, nor the s from t, nor the t from r.


Cap. 7.

1.  To symboliz right, the sound of the voual is first to be observed, quhither it be a simple voual or a compound, and quhilk of them is to be chosen, for quhilk no rule can be geven but the judgeme_n_t of the ear.

2.  Next the consonantes are to be marked; and first, quhither they break the voual befoer or behind; then quhither they be one or moe; and lastlie, w_i_th quhat organes of the mouth they be broaken.

3.  For be the organes of the mouth, quherwith the syllab is broaken, the consonantes are discerned be quhilk the syllab must be symbolized, quhilk we have said, cap 1, sect. 5.

4.  The consonantes may differ in hammar (as we called it, cap. 4, sect 3) and stiddie, as b and d.  Or they may agre in ham_m_er and differ in stiddie, as b and v.  Or they may agre in both and differ in the tuich, as f and v, m and p, t and g.

5.  The tuich befoer the voual is be lifting the ham_m_er af the stiddie; as da, la, pa; and behind, be stryking the hammer on the stiddie; as ad, al, ap.  And quhen the hammer and the stiddie are ane, the difference is in the hardnes and softnes of the tuich; as may be seen in ca and ga, ta and da.  But w and y maekes sae soft a mynt that it is hard to perceave, and therfoer did the latines symboliz them with the symbol of the vouales.  They are never used but befoer the voual; as we, ye, wil, you; behynd the voual thei mak noe consonant sound, nor sould be written, and therfore now and vow, with sik otheres, are not [to] be written w_i_th w, as is said befoer.

6.  Of this q_uhi_lk now is said may be gathered that general, q_uhi_lk I called the keie of orthographie, cap. 1 sect. 5, that is the congruence of the symbol and sound symbolized; that is, that bathe must belang to the same organes and be tuiched after the same form.

7.  And, be the contrarie, here it is clere that soundes pronu_n_ced with this organ can not be written with symboles of that; as, for exemple, a labiel symbol can not serve a dental nor a guttural sound; nor a guttural symbol a dental nor a labiel sound.

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