Hag yn kettermyn arte y'n ransh-ji ... or rather on the Spelly list, which has once again burst into activity ... the natives are restless. And I can see their point, MAGA are not taking the SWF review at all seriously and simply seem to be trying to brush the whole matter under the carpet as quickly as possible. The Spellyans crew complain about secrecy, people are being invited to comment about issues without really being told what those issues are. This surely means that MAGA just want to "go through the motions" and have no real commitment to develop a practical orthography that everyone can use. It reminds me of how the Commission report was cooked up in total secrecy without even the main organisations getting advanced copies so that they could give reasoned and considered responses. This was in complete contradiction to how the Processes had been described. The Process that people agreed to included several stages of consultation, that is two-way dialogue, but none of these took place. Also I might also mention in passing that we were promised that all the submissions would be archived and made publicly available once the Process was over. Have they? I very much doubt it. All this by the way is on record in black and white, so don't go saying I'm inventing it.
Anyway they ruled that a new orthography was required, and seemed to think this could be quickly cobbled together, even though specialists in orthography design (and there are a good many of them) generally agree that such a move should never be undertaken lightly, and generally expect it to take several years. This makes me wonder how expert the Commission's 'experts' really were in this rather specialist field. So now the years have passed, the system should have bedded in, and a review is due. One thing that comes up in the literature over and over is the need to evaluate any proposed spelling system, ideally impartially, with samples of its target users. Can they read and write it easily and accurately, does its appearance simply turn them off, and so on. Because, as must be pretty obvious, a system which people either cannot or will not use, is going to be a complete waste of everyone's time and effort, not to mention public money.
So, who has been hired to do the evaluations of the SWF? Where is their report? What are their recommendations? Naturally I might as well be asking for the moon on a stick, because none of these things have been done, or even seriously contemplated. That is because the people controlling the CLP do not take the language seriously, there just isn't the political will to move things on.
And so again, and with all due respect to MAGA's employees at the sharp end, that is why I have no confidence in the Cornish Language Partnership. All it seems to do is tie the language movement up in knots and divert what funds there are into trivial issues of their own devising. Perhaps that was it's purpose all alone, but then again it might just be an almighty cock-up, a county council is hardly equipped to revive a nation's language.