[Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Sep 11 09:23:32 IST 2008


To write Cornowok would lose the connection with Kernow. It would also  
introduce into the
written language a suffix -ok, which is -ek, -ak elsewhere, e.g.  
Frenkek, Godhalek, Zouznak, Sousenack.
According to Gendall Gwavas writes Kernowak (among other forms).

Nicholas



On 11 Sep 2008, at 08:57, Jon Mills wrote:

> Both *Kernewek and *Kernowek are unattested and merely conjectural  
> reconstructions. Morton Nance's 'Kernewek' is derived from Robert  
> Williams's Lexicon s.v. Cernewek, which Williams, in turn derived  
> from the Welsh. What is wrong with writing the attested form  
> 'Cornowok'?
> Jon
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "nicholas williams"
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms
> Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:00:10 +0100
>
> What you say may be true, but the expected form is *Kernewek <  
> *Kornowika with i-affection of the ow > ew.
>
> Nicholas
>
>
> On 10 Sep 2008, at 17:41, Daniel Prohaska wrote:
>
>> No, I don’t think this is the case. Notice that Lhuyd gives the  
>> pronunciation kloüaz and toula with <ou> and not with <û>. He gives  
>> Kernûak, which means it goes with the words with original <ow>,  
>> like lowen and Jowan. Hence Kernowek is the correct word form and  
>> it cannot e assumed that *Kernewek was ever correct for any time  
>> period, even before the shift from ew to ow.
>> Dan
>>
>> From: nicholas williams
>> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:44 PM
>>
>>
>> Surely Kernowek (Cornowok 1572) is a development of *Kernowek by  
>> the rule stressed ew > ow in disyllables and polysyllables; cf.  
>> clowes, towlel, etc.
>> This development appears early in written Cornish, cf. Ihesus crist  
>> leun a bete a leueris zen dowzek PA 49a.
>>
>> Nicholas
>>
>>
>> On 9 Sep 2008, at 09:46, Michael Everson wrote:
>>
>>
>> and Breton Kerneveg, but a new formation based on Kernow + -ek. It  
>> seems the consistent SWF spelling ought to be Kernowek with an  
>> earlier pronunciation [kEr”nOUwEk] and a later [k at r”nu:@k]
>>
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