[Spellyans] au

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Thu Jul 24 09:00:02 IST 2008

In their booklet on place-name recommendations, the Kesva tended to 
replace <au> with <ow>, so we had "Mownan", "Mowgan", "Lanvowsedh" for 
what was traditionally Maunan, Maugan and Lanvausa (St Mawes).  Then 
they went and replaced <ew> with <ow> in the name Trenewan which, 
historically, has been Trenewien 1207; Trenywyan 1310; Trenywyen 1422; 
Trenewyen 1424; Trenewen c. 1523 (presumably tre + personal name).  One 
wonders why they did not recommend Trenywyen in accordance with their 
own system, and which would have found an historical match from 1422.

The SWF system would now have <o> for KK <ow>, so we would be looking at 
Monan, Mogan and Lanvosa/Lanvosedh (admittedly, for Mawgan-in-Meneage, 
we do have the spelling Pluvogan), which is why I advocate the 
restoration of <au>, and am doing so in my place-name recommendation 

Speaking of which, do those to whom I sent the provisional list of 3,400 
toponyms, have any comments?  If so, could I have them ASAP, if not 
sooner?  Grassa dhewgh.


Michael Everson wrote:
> At 07:45 +0100 2008-07-24, Ken MacKinnon wrote:
>> Maybe because Austria is an anglicisation of Oesterreich from 
>> Germnan Ost, ostern.  = east
> The English translation is "Eastric" or possibly "Eastreach". :-)

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