[Spellyans] (no subject)

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Fri Aug 1 17:00:00 IST 2008

I shall be on holiday and away from my computer for the next couple of weeks. Talk to you all when I return.
Ol an gwella

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Craig Weatherhill" <weatherhill at freenet.co.uk>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: [Spellyans] (no subject)
> Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2008 14:48:23 +0100
> Well, here's something of interest.  Porth can be spelled por' or por'h
> under the SWF and, indeed, in local speech and place-names it often
> appears as Por- (including Par).  BUT there is no evidence whatsoever
> that the -th of Porth was ever voiced (i.e. Pordh), except for a single
> instance of Mousehole being shown as Pordhenes 1301.  None of the myriad
> other Porth- names show a -dh anywhere in history.  So, why did this happen?
> Returning to Carfury, I'd welcome other thoughts than my own on this as
> to what the second element might be.  Here's a list of the recorded
> spellings:
> Carnfuru, Carfuru 1327; Carfury 1380; Carffury 1457; Carfurie 1575;
> Carvery, Carfury 1607.
> The first element is certainly carn, rather than car, "fort, round" -
> there is neither record nor hint of any earthwork in the immediate
> neighbourhood, but there is a rock outcrop, now well quarried out,
> leaving an extremely attractive pool.  But what (other than furow, is
> the second element.
> Another question - more than one stream in Cornwall has the ancient name
> of Musyn.  I haven't a clue what this means.  Has anyone any thoughts on
> this?
> Craig
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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