New Welsh alphabet is designed


Blackleaf
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A man has designed new letters for the Welsh alphabet and has proposed they are used on road signs in a bid to strengthen Welsh national identity.

Design student Carl Edwards, from Mold, Flintshire, has created eight new characters to represent those with double letters, such as "ll" or "dd".

Mr Edwards said the sounds of double letters can create confusion and wants to modernise the language.

Road signs: Man designs new Welsh alphabet


30 August 2019
BBC News


The dd in Yr Wyddgrug, or Mold, would get a new, single character

A man has designed new letters for the Welsh alphabet and has proposed they are used on road signs in a bid to strengthen Welsh national identity.

Design student Carl Edwards, from Mold, Flintshire, has created eight new characters to represent those with double letters, such as "ll" or "dd".

Mr Edwards said the sounds of double letters can create confusion and wants to modernise the language.

He said there was "no identity that's clear to everyone" in Wales.

Mr Edwards, who is studying for an MA in design practice at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, said he got the idea after trips to Athens and Warsaw as part of a European cultural exchange project.


The Welsh alphabet has 29 distinct sounds, but does not contain a k, q, x or z

Welsh letters

Ch - A non-English sound as in Scottish "ch" in "loch"
Dd - "Th" as voiced in "the"
Ff - An "f" sound as in "off"
Ng - Like the end of the word "sing" or "song"
Ll - Not an English sound. Can be made by attempting to say the letters "h" and "l" at the same time
Ph - As in "graph"
Rh - Does not appear in English, but the difference between "r" and "rh" is similar to the difference between "w" and "wh" in English
Th - As in "thin"


"I noticed that every time you go to another country, apart from the obvious language difference, the first thing that hits you is the signage - airports, seaports, any type of road transport," he said.

"I spoke with some other designers - as well as linguists, economists and educationalists - and I realised that in Wales there's no identity that's clear to everyone when you come here and that started me thinking."


Carl Edwards took inspiration from the Welsh Bardic alphabet

Inspiration for the characters came mainly from the work of Edward Williams, better known as Iolo Morgannwg - a 19th Century antiquarian and poet who devised Coelbren y Beirdd, or the Welsh bardic alphabet.

Karen Held from the university said: "Carl's project is the product of tireless research blended with creativity, exploring ways of expressing Wales' cultural and national identity."

Philip Gomm from the motoring research organisation the RAC Foundation said: "Day and night, whatever the weather and whatever the speed they are passed at, signs ideally need to be intelligible first time round no matter which language the driver uses: English, Welsh or possibly something completely different."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49521620
 
Curious Cdn
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They're just getting ready for the post-Brexit Devolution.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

They're just getting ready for the post-Brexit Devolution.

Wales voted Leave.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Wales voted Leave.

They'll change their minds when the UK goes to the economic shitter and the money from London dries up.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

They'll change their minds when the UK goes to the economic shitter and the money from London dries up.

No, they won't.
 
Blackleaf
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Of course, you don't want Wales to be a sovereign nation state. You just want to swap its democratic rule from London for undemocratic rule in Brussels and Strasbourg. It's a weird thought, but it's true, isn't it?
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Of course, you don't want Wales to be a sovereign nation state. You just want to swap its democratic rule from London for undemocratic rule in Brussels and Strasbourg. It's a weird thought, but it's true, isn't it?

"Democratic occupation by the English"
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

"Democratic occupation by the English"

The Welsh want to be part of the UK but not part of the EU, and yet here you are telling them they're all stupid and thick and that you know better than them and that they should be occupied by unelected foreigners in Brussels rather than "occupied by the English" - the same English, by the way, who don't have their own parliament or assembly like the Welsh have.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The Welsh want to be part of the UK but not part of the EU, and yet here you are telling them they're all stupid and thick and that you know better than them and that they should be occupied by unelected foreigners in Brussels rather than "occupied by the English" - the same English, by the way, who don't have their own parliament or assembly like the Welsh have.

No, you said that about them, you arrogant English bastard.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

No, you said that about them, you arrogant English bastard.

Course I said it, because it's true, you goit.

Wales voted Leave, yet I see no huge clamour to break away from the UK, our beloved Union that the people of Wales cherish and have far more affinity with than that awful anti-democratic superstate we've only been part of since 1973.
 

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