[Spellyans] A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names
everson at evertype.com
Wed Jan 28 22:38:08 GMT 2009
PRESS RELEASE BEGINS
Evertype is pleased to announce the publication of A Concise
Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names by Craig Weatherhill.
Many people first take an interest in the Cornish language because
they are curious to learn more about the distinctive and fascinating
place names of Cornwall.
The key to understanding the meaning of these place-names is language.
Most derive from the Cornish language primarily, but many of them have
their roots in Old English, Middle English, French, and other
languages which have left their mark on Cornwall. Through the tireless
and exacting work of place-name specialists, the secrets of Cornish
place-names are being unlocked for everyone. This dictionary offers in
a concise format more than 3,300 place-names. It is the fruit of Craig
Weatherhill’s many years of research, not only of the meaning of the
names themselves, but of considering the question of how best to
represent those names in Revived Cornish. The recommendations in this
dictio nary preserve the authentic and attested linguistic forms while
at the same time honouring the traditional orthographic forms which
have been visible on the Cornish landscape for at least four centuries.
The orthography used in this dictionary is compatible with the
Standard Written Form (SWF), adopted by the Cornish Language
Partnership for educational and official use. It is also compatible
with Kernowek Standard (KS), a practical orthography which informed
the development of the SWF. In turn, KS has been modified in light of
the published SWF specifi ca tion, while adopting a few emendations to
make the ortho graphy more consistent and more like the spelling of
Copies may be obtained from Amazon.com, from Amazon.co.uk, from Spyrys
a Gernow (e-mail shoppa @ spyrys.org). Copies will also be available
at the Seminar being held by Maga at Lostwithiel on 31st January 2009.
Published by Evertype, ISBN 978-1-904808-22-0. RRP £8.95.
PRESS RELEASE ENDS
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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