Picture of wind turbine against blue sky

Open Access research with a real impact...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs.

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) within Strathclyde's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is producing Open Access research that can help society deploy and optimise renewable energy systems, such as wind turbine technology.

Explore wind turbine research in Strathprints

Explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research content

And Rimmain yoor obeddeend omble zervand : the invented spelling system of William Baillie of Dunain (1789-1869)

Fabb, Nigel and Hutchison, Ian (2005) And Rimmain yoor obeddeend omble zervand : the invented spelling system of William Baillie of Dunain (1789-1869). Transactions of the Philological Society, 103 (3). pp. 323-338. ISSN 0079-1636

[img] Microsoft Word (And rimmain)
Fabb_Hutchison_BaIllie_final.doc - Preprint

Download (87kB)

Abstract

William Baillie invented his own spelling system, which is used in six of his letters of the 1830s and 1840s. Among his practices are his use of 'voiced' consonant letters such as 'd' for both voiced and voiceless consonants such as [t] and [d], doubling of word-medial consonants, and respelling and addition of diacritics to vowels. A forced recluse considered to have a mental infirmity brought on by his residency in Bombay and Baghdad, Baillie's practice shows an intelligent attempt to understand the relation between spelling and sound, perhaps inspired by his knowledge of Persian and Arabic, and possibly showing a knowledge of the spelling system proposed by James Elphinston.