Friday, 5 April 2013
When is a Consultation not a Consultation?
The Blether Region has learnt that luminaries from the world of Ulster Scots were invited to the launch of two booklets on spelling reform in the Ulster Museum on 27 March. Over the wine and canapés they were handed copies of a Spelling and Pronunciation Guide by Ivan Herbison, Philip Robinson and Anne Smyth, and an English/Ulster-Scots Glossary by Philip Robinson. Each booklet included an insert asking for consultation submissions to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 24 May. Yet the booklets have not been made available on the Internet, and at the time of writing this blog post it looks like those who did not personally attend the event or send a friend will have no way of learning about the brave new world of re-spelling single as sïng'l and poem as póame.
Which no doubt suits the authors of the booklets.