[Spellyans] to build a house, etc.

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Jan 1 17:06:33 GMT 2009


In Irish for ‘to build a house’ one either says teach a thógáil,  
literally ‘build a house’ or teach a dhéanamh, literally ‘make a  
house’. It seems that in Cornish the same choice exists. Here are some  
examples from the texts of references to building houses and other  
edifices:

DREHEVEL
my a vyn gruthyl castel ha drehevel thy'm ostel OM 1710
moyses whek ny a dreha ragon chy pols the wonys OM 1715-16
arluth ytho pyw a wra coul dreheuel ol the chy OM 2339-40
fossow da gans lym ha pry ha pen cref warnethe y gureugh drehevel OM  
2450-52
kyn fe dyswrys an temple the'n dor quyt na safe man me a'n dreha sur  
arte PC 344-46
hagh yn triddyth dyowgel ef a wra y trehevel PC 352-53
kyn fe dyswrys an temple yn tri dyth y'n drehafse PC 382-82
pup den yn bys-ma a wor den vythol na'n drehafse PC 386-87
den fyth ol murs dre pystry yn try deyth ny'n threhafse PC 1764-65
temple dev y'n tystrewys hag arte kyn pen try dyth guel ys kyns y'n  
dreheuys PC 2862-64
mab Noah vo an Den reg clapia kernuak en Termen an Tur Babel vo  
Derevalz William Gwavas
ædifico…To build…C Dho dereval Lhuyd AB: 41c

BYLDYA
Cyte a ve settys bo byldys war meneth TH 17a
ha war an garrak ma me a vyn byldya ow egglos TH 44

GUL/GWIL
pur wyr y fenne terry an tempel cref hay wuzell PA 91b
Rag henna fystyn ke gura gorhel a blankos playnyys OM 949-50
my a vyn gruthyl castel ha drehevel thy'm ostel OM 1710
rag ny a yl gul scovva ov cortes vos goskesys OM 1717-18
orden bos gureys temple golow OM 2260
yn enour dev my a vyn yn dre-mme gruthyl temple OM 2283-84
Dauid ny wreth thy'mo chy yn certen bys venary OM 2333-34
masons ha karpentorryon trehesy-meyn tyorryon an temple may fe coul  
wreys OM 2410-12
omma the wul an temple a ruk y das the astel OM 2425-26
dun the leuerel yn scon d'agan arluth salamon bones an temple coul  
wrys OM 2579-81
gurys yv the temple hep son OM 2583
terry the'n dor an temple yn try geth y wul arta maga ta bythqueth del  
fue PC 2441-43
rag mur y carsen defry guthel thymmo oratry in herwyth  chy maria BM  
638-40
hag omma gul me a vyn ryb chapel maria wyn thym oratry BM 652-54
hag orth an ryuer surly a josselyne chapel guthel me a vyn rag gorthya  
maria wyn BM 1141-44
Ny dale dieu gwile treven war an treath James Jenkins
En levra coth po vo Tour Babel gwres John Boson.

It would seem, then, from the above examples that ‘I shall build a  
house’ can be Me a vydn gwil chy as well as Me a vydn derevel chy.

Nicholas
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