[Spellyans] More on bys/bes words and diacritical marks

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 20:50:31 IST 2008

A very large number of words (months, days of the week, kitchen  
utensils, farming implements, items of clothing, plants, birds, etc.)
are known only from Lhuyd's vocabulary; others come from Pryce and  
Borlase. Without our remains of Late Cornish any form of revived  
Cornish would be impossible.

Look at the following items that start with g:

gargam 'bandy-legged' < Lhuyd
garget 'garter' Lhuyd, Borlase
gast 'bitch' Lhuyd
gen 'chin' Lhuyd
glaneth 'clean, tidy' Lhuyd, John Boson
glanythter 'tidiness' Lhuyd
gledh 'chickweed' Lhuyd
gluth 'dew' Lhuyd
glyttra 'glitter' Borlase
godra 'to milk' Lhuyd
godreva 'three days hence' Lhuyd
godrak 'colostrum, first milk' Lhuyd
godram 'cramp'  Lhuyd
goles 'bottom' Lhuyd (also PNN)
golovas 'childbirth, labour' Lhuyd
Golowan 'midsummer' Ustick, Pryce
gonador 'sower' Lhuyd
goruhel 'sublime' Lhuyd
gosogen 'black pudding' Lhuyd.

etc., etc.

Revivalists should be wary of disparaging Late Cornish.


On 18 Jul 2008, at 19:44, Michael Everson wrote:

> At 00:07 +0000 2008-07-16, Mary Williams wrote:
>> I've often wondered why nobody has put all the Late material
>> together in a book,
> Book publishing takes time and effort. Some of the material simply
> hasn't been edited. I'd be quite pleased to publish an editor of Late
> material.
>> I don't imagine it would be a very thick book.
> On what basis would you say this? It doesn't sound as if you know.
>> Is that what you mean by "making RLC material accessible"? I've seen
>> Dick Gendall's dictionaries and course books, but I can't recall
>> seeing anything written in this system apart from the odd line or
>> two here and there.
> That doesn't mean it doesn't exist. :-)
>> Likewise Jenny was talking about the need to cater for kids growing
>> up learning Late, until someone pointed out to her that there
>> weren't any!
> That is completely untrue.
>> Why do you feel the need to give so much attention to a group that's
>> almost invisible to us in Cornwall?
> Neil Kennedy tells me that most learners of RLC pretty much stick to
> themselves. They don't attempt to have a great internet presence.
> They don't publish many books. They speak Cornish in their daily
> lives, with their friends and colleagues. Just because you haven't
> met them doesn't mean that they don't exist. Please do not be so
> dismissive.
> -- 
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