[Spellyans] Pellwolok Gernewek

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Wed Dec 3 11:56:37 GMT 2008

I've watched a couple of these ("pellwolok" really is an awful word -  
why don't we do what other languages do, and replicate the  
international word "televysyon"?).  What is very noticeable is that a  
fair few people are featured, who are promoted by some as "fluent  
speakers" - except that their Cornish is hesitant and anything but  
fluent.  Quite an eye opener.


On 2 Kev 2008, at 12:49, nicholas williams wrote:

> A number of videos called Pellwolok Gernewek are available on  
> YouTube and they are well worth watching.
> I think this is the latest one:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO05adJJJ-k
> The standard of spoken Cornish is very mixed and one hears some very  
> mistaken forms.
> For example, in Cornish the word lies/lyes 'many' should always be  
> followed by the singular: lies huny, lies gwas, lies profus, etc.
> but one hears lies with the plural from some speakers on Pellwolok  
> Gernewek.
> Overall the UC users seem to me to pronounce Cornish much better  
> than the KK users.
> This is because KK's use of <i>, <y> is confusing. One therefore hears
> KK speakers saying RAG AN KINZA PRIZZ for rag an kensa prës/prÿs  
> [long]
> and I'N BIZZ for i'n bës/bÿs [long].
> The 'phonemic' claims of KK are also belied by such forms as ETHTH  
> [short] for êth,
> and KRESS for cres [long].
> For the most part, however, there is no real difference in dialect  
> between UC speakers the others.
> Nicholas
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Craig Weatherhill

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