Monday, 29 April 2013

Meanwhile, back at the -i*- digraphs

Time for a 'sitrep', as they say on NCIS. For readers not conversant with that piece of military jargon, it is a porte-manteau word that conflates the words 'situation report'. The same sort  of conflation happens with other miltary collocations: intelligence derived from intercepted signals is 'sigint', for example.

I have trawled through the IAs making handwritten notes, and will spend the next two weeks doing my HoTMeTaL Pro/Sigil thing (as described here). Then I can look forward (that's the sort of anticipation felt by a schoolboy waiting outside the headmaster's door, rather than the sort felt by the too-excited husband in the Disneyland ad) to 'The Devil's Digraph' ( i.e. '-ie-', of which there are thousands of examples). No, really, thousands. To quote from the work-in-progress version of Introduction to When Vowels Get Together:

  • There are no entries for words that end '-ies'. There are nearly 1500 of these – about half of all words that include the vowel pair '-ie-'  – usually representing the sound /i:/ or /aɪ/.
  • There are no entries for words that end '-ied'. There are nearly 300 of these – about a tenth of  all words that include the vowel pair '-ie-'  – usually representing the sound /i:/ or /aɪ/    ...   
When I thought of this principle (excluding whole swathes of words that used a common sound/spelling) I meant it to save time; and it did, for my ELTons entry (which didn't include the idea of percentages).  But now that I do, I'm not so sure. For example, in the AA section (one of the least fruitful pairs of vowels):

This means that, although I don't include some words in the book, I do have to note their existence in my handwritten notes  – so as to calculate the percentages.

So, when I get into the IEs, I may go into purdah – no doubt a relief for my followers!

Ho hum, back to the grind.

Update 2013.09.30.11:15
Header updated:

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