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

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Jul 20 16:41:01 IST 2008


Neil Kennedy criticised me for introducing neologisms into revived  
Cornish. See Cornish Studies: NIne page 316.
In fact Neil Kennedy's own dictionary tends to avoid items not in the  
traditional language and can be considered
the better for that—although there are many gaps.

When I wrote the dictionary I did not have (as I do now) a searchable  
database of Middle Cornish.

In the introduction to the second edition of the dictionary I caution  
against the excessive use of neologisms. They
should be used as a last resort, rather than as everyday terms. I also  
believe that attested loanwords from ME
are preferable to "Celtic" inventions. I prefer fanya to *gwynsella,  
for example.

Nance used stevel for 'room' (the MC word is rom), avon 'river' (the  
attested MC is ryver), and enep 'face' (the attested word
is fas).

In my translation of the New Testament as far as possible I used an  
attested vocabulary rather than a created one.

Nicholas


On 20 Jul 2008, at 13:53, Harry Fraiser wrote:

> Shall you then omit these in the next edition?
>
> Harry
>
> On 7/20/08, nicholas williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In my dictionary i included words and expressions I found in other
>> dictionaries and revived sources.
>> I should inclined now to omit many of them.
>>
>> Nicholas
>> -----------
>> On 20 Jul 2008, at 10:32, Michael Everson wrote:
>>
>>> At 10:01 +0100 2008-07-20, nicholas williams wrote:
>>>> The language of Gorseth Kernow is Unified Cornish - though it is  
>>>> not
>>>> always very good Cornish.
>>>>
>>>> The title of one of the lists is as follows:
>>>> Hynwyn Tylu pup Barth oll yn aray abecedary
>>>
>>> I have to point out that the UCR dictionary lists "yn aray an
>>> abecedary" for 'in alphabetical order' and "herwyth an abecedary"  
>>> for
>>> 'alphabetical'. 'Alphanumeric' is "alafnyverek" however, so I can't
>>> see much reason to avoid "alfabet". "Abece" is fine too.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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