[Spellyans] kal revisited
daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Sun Jan 4 15:51:16 GMT 2009
I've now spelt <kall, call>, because I think it contains a short vowel. I
have mentioned reconstructed *kalgh as a possible older form in the entry,
but not recommended it as a main entry. Is this feasible? How about the
From: Craig Weatherhill
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 11:16 PM
I forgot to add that the word is cal in place names, e.g. Calvadnack
(<cal vannek), Colvannick (<cal vannek), Carrallack (< ker gallek),
Colvenner (2 exx.) (<cal veneth).
The first example has: <cal>, 5 times from the available spellings,
all 14th/15th century.
The second has: <cal> 8 times; <kal> twice; <col> once.
The third has: <-gallek> once; <-kallek> once, <-allek> once and
The fourth has, for the Cury site: <cal> once and <kal> once and,
for the Wendron site: <cal> once.
Not even a hint of a <-gh> ending, so, put with Nicholas's textual
examples, that makes 28 historic examples of the word with no sign of
<-gh>, against none that have such an ending. Ergo, George's spelling
is a fiction and is not Cornish. The SWF <kalgh, calgh, kal', cal'>
are therefore incorrect and should be <kal, cal> only.
On 3 Gen 2009, at 21:33, nicholas williams wrote:
> The word kal 'membrum virile' used by John Boson and respelt by
> George as *kalgh
> is attested elsewhere:
> Mentula.A man's privy member. C. & Ar[morican] Kal AB: 89a
> Penis.C. Lost, kal AB: 116c
> Veretrum.A man's privy member. C. Kal AB: 171c
> KAL, membrum virile Pryce.
> We thus have 5 occurrences all spelt <kal>.
> What possible reason was there for the spelling *<kalgh>?
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