[Spellyans] Lhuyd's Cornish

Eddie Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jul 15 19:16:03 IST 2009


On 14 Gor 2009, at 13:09, nicholas williams wrote:

> ... in kever 'about' for ow tùchya or adro dhe.
>
> These are all Nancean in origin.


Not exactly; this one is also Williamsean in origin, as we find in his  
2006 E-C Dictionary:

yn kever hemma (f.115)
yn kever an Spyrys Sans (f.277)
yn kever pyw osta (f.289)

Moreover, 'yn kever' + noun is frequently found in the works of such  
fluent writers as Caradar Smith, Talek Hooper, Myghal Palmer and Nance  
himself, to name but a few. Frankly, if it was good enough for them,  
it's good enough for the rest of us.

To insist otherwise smacks, I fear, of pedantry (such as we hear in  
English occasionally; like when someone tries to tell us that only 1  
alternative and 1 protagonist are permissible, because of the words'  
Latin and Greek origins).

English has evolved beyond its roots in the Classical world, and  
Cornish has (in its Revived forms) done likewise.

Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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Dres ethom akennow byner re bons lyeshes
Accenti non multiplicandi praeter necessitatem

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