[Spellyans] Diacritics?

Ken MacKinnon kenmackinnon at enterprise.net
Mon Jul 14 09:19:15 IST 2008

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Eddie Climo 
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
  Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2008 2:10 PM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Diacritics?

  I suspect we might be straying a little off topic again, but it's a slow Saturday afternoon, so what the heck!

  I note that Nance in his Guide to Cornish Place-Names gives the following:
    bos (bod, bo) pl. bossow. dwelling
    bos, pl.  bosow. bush. bojek. bush-grown place

  . . . while in his 1938 Gerlyver Noweth, he adds:
    bos, pl. -ssow. dwelling-place : used in place-names, often keeps its old form bod : may be boj before vowels, and because of its final s, may be bos4, bo4 before mutable consonants.

  There's no suggestion in either of these books that this element generally takes the 2nd bos=bush meaning in Cornish, such as you describe in Breton.

  Moreover, I'd have thought that a name meaning 'a group of elder trees' would be more suitable for . . . well, a group of elder trees, rather than for a dwelling situated in their midst (much as in English, where one might find a house named 'Elder Cottage'). 'The Elder Grove' sounds more like a pub name (or an Irish jig!) if anything.

  Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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  On 12 Jul 2008, at 13:02, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
    Really? In Breton, bod (= Cornish bos) has two quite distinct meanings, one "lodging", and the other "bunch, group", "bush", Bod in placenames, cf. Botallec = Bod Haleg, is generally taken to have the second sense, in other words "a bunch, group of willow trees". I always thought Boscawen (which no doubt exists in Breton placenames as Bodscao, Bodscaven) was "a bunch, group of elder trees".

    From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net on behalf of Craig Weatherhill
    Sent: Fri 11/07/2008 22:57
    To: Standard Cornish discussion list
    Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Diacritics?

    "the downs of Boscawen" as opposed to Boscawen-ros ("roughland of
    Boscawen") in the same parish of St Buryan.  Boscawen is "dwelling (at
    an) elder tree".info/spellyans_kernowek.net

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