[Spellyans] Lyther Nowodhow Kevardhu 2008

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 13:44:50 GMT 2008


Why is there a hyphen in the title of the Maga Newsletter? Lyther is  
not a prefix.
Lyther Nowodhow means Letter of News, two separate words.

The Newsletter also says:

Y fydh tri gonis Nadelik yn
Kernewek a-dro dhe Gernow an
vledhen ma.

I don't think they actually intend this. Literally the sentence
seems to mean:

There will be three Christmas services in Cornish
about Cornwall this year.

i.e. that that three Christmas services in Cornwall will be going
round and about Cornwall this year.

They want to say that there will be a Cornish language Christmas service
in three different places in Cornwall this year.

Surely they should have written something like

Y fydh gonis Nadelik yn Kernewek in tri
thyller dyvers in Kernow an vledhen-ma.

I should prefer (using KS spelling):

Y fëdh golohas/servys Kernowek in try thyller dyvers
in Kernow an Nadelik-ma.

gonys as a verb means 'till, cultivate, work.'
As a noun it means 'cultivation'

Servys is common in various senses. Probably the best word for  
'service, worship' in Cornish is golohas:

yma eff worth agan dysky ny in agan golahes the meneges agan honyn  
pehadorryan ha the whelas gyvyans ha delyuerans the worth oll  
drogkoleth a thewleff agan tas a neff TH 8a.


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