[Spellyans] Easter morning, etc.

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 10:06:52 GMT 2008


It is the Cornish word for 'day' .
It is always either <du/dew> or <de>:

duyow hamlos PC 654
hezyv sur yv dugwener BM120
dugol myhal yv henna BM 2077
dugol myhall byth henna BM 2201
kyns ys dumerher the nos BM 2254

Dewsull blegyow pan ese PA 27a

en gyth o deyow hablys PA 41c
me a vyn mones deyow prest the helghya BM 3159-60
deow habblys SA 66
Degl stûl 'Epiphania' AB: 57a
Kova tha gwitha benigas De Zil John Boson
Kovy dha kuitha benigas Dezil Gwavas MS 106r

I can find no example with *<dy>.

Nicholas

On 11 Nov 2008, at 10:52, Jon Mills wrote:

> You are opening a can of worms. Mutations in the texts do not always  
> neatly follow the mutation tables that we use. For pedagogical  
> purposes, a solution might be to teach an item such as 'du Fencost'  
> as a single lexeme.
>
> What is the element 'du' in these expressions? George (GKK: 85) has  
> it is "dy'", "short for DYDH". In the examples that you cite, it is  
> always written 'du' or 'dew'. Is it the Cornish word for 'day' or  
> could it be something else?
>
> Jon
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "nicholas williams"
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"
> Subject: [Spellyans] Easter morning, etc.
> Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:27:52 +0000
>
>
> We have:
>
> du pask vyttyn RD 1108
> du guener vyttyn certen BM 4420
> war du fencost myttyn TH 44b
> Dew Whallan Gwa Metten Consistory Court
> Kyn fe mar freth du Halan BK1880
>
> du spirantises in fencost, Halan, Whallan Gwa < Calan Gwâv but  
> leaves pask untouched.
> and the phrase du X lenites myttyn > vyttyn in du Pask vyttyn and du  
> Gwener vyttyn but not after du Fencost, du Hallan gwav.
> What should the rule be for learners?
>
> Nicholas
>
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