[Spellyans] Chy, pl. treven

Eddie Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Dec 31 17:36:11 GMT 2008


The Welsh 'Geiriadur Mawr' offers us this interesting pair of entries:
> tref, tre. pl. trefi, trefydd. town, home
> trefn. pl. trefnau. room, home, dwelling

These look intriguingly like a set of [singulative/collective  
singular/plural] words, not as common in Welsh as in Cornish, but  
present nonetheless. Which, in turn, suggests a set of Cornish  
cognates of similar form:
> tre(f), pl. trevy
> treven, pl. *trevennow, *trevnow


I wonder whether a Cornish singulative plural of the form *trevnow/ 
trevennow is attested anywhere.


Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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