[Spellyans] "praise"

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Tue Feb 10 10:12:53 GMT 2009

I see no evidence for the <eu> in this word.Incidentelly Lhuyd (1707:
77b) writes, "Gormola".Jon

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "nicholas williams"
  To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"
  Subject: [Spellyans] "praise"
  Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 09:13:52 +0000

  In Dan's dictionary the vn of the verb 'to praise' is <gormel> but
  the related noun is <gormeula>What evidence is there for the sound
  spelt <eu>? I have collected the following exx from the texts:
  gormel BM 1420gormel BM 2241gormelas (verbal adjective) TH 8wormolha
  BK 1798wormol BK 1966wormol BK 2342gormollow (plural imperative)
  gormolys (noun) BK 2532gormolys (noun) BK 2678Gormolys (noun) BK 2708
  Gormola WGwavasGormola WGwavas.
  wormoladow BK 835wormoladow BK 1629.
  The graph <eu> in SWF represents what in Middle Cornish orthographywas
  written <u, v, ue, eu>, but in the examples listed above we have noexamples
  at all of *gormeul-, *gormul- or *gormuel-.There can be little
  justification for such a spelling in the SWF.The spelling should
  surely be vb. gormel, vadj. gormelys, imperative pl. gormolewgh.nominal
  forms gormol, gormola, gormoladow.
  As common a root for 'praise' and 'to praise' is preys, prays,
  preysya, praysya:
  preysya x 2; breysya x 2; praysya x 2; prays x 1; prayse x 2; preise
  x 1; preysse x 2; preezyo x 1.

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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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