[Spellyans] <kk> and <ck>

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Thu Dec 18 11:28:56 GMT 2008

KG's dictionary suggests a Brittonic *kalgo-, and cites B. kalc'h; W.  
cal(y), and adds: N.B. The final [x] is not attested in Cornish.

So why did he add it?  Because it occurs in Breton?  That is not  
justification, especially as a final [x] appears to be unattested in  
Welsh, too.  Words fail me.  A simple operation, favoured by Middle  
Eastern countries (and the USA), is best applied to *kalgh.


On 18 Kev 2008, at 09:39, nicholas williams wrote:

> Notice kyns ys bos kullyek kenys PC 903 where kullyek = 'cock,  
> rooster'.
> Note also Komero ’vyth goz Kal JBoson, where Kal is 'membrum virile'.
> This word is attested only once, but KK spells it <kalgh>. What is  
> that on the end?
> On 18 Dec 2008, at 07:30, Eddie Climo wrote:
>> Be thankful for small mercies; at least Cornish has never (?) a  
>> similarly spelt English, otherwise the King of the Barnyard might  
>> be written as:
>>> SWF *kokk
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