[Spellyans] <kk> and <ck>

Eddie Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Dec 18 18:16:27 GMT 2008

On 18 Dec 2008, at 11:28, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> 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.

Agreed: circumcise your < *calgh > to give you a < cal >.

Just as well it's not a feminine noun, 'cos that sort of mutilation  
is illegal in Europe!


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