[Spellyans] 'flood'

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Wed Mar 11 13:09:49 GMT 2009

Middle Cornish <w> sometimes represents [v]. Given that we have attestations with final <-f>, I think we can assume that this word ends in [-v]. Incidentally, Lhuyd (1707: 54c) writes "Lyv". The pronunciation is [lɪv].

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nicholas Williams" <njawilliams at gmail.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: [Spellyans] 'flood'
> Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 10:56:36 +0000
> The word for 'flood' is attested 7 times as <lyf> in OM.
> In CW however the word appears as <lyw> twice and as <lywe> four times.
> Moreover Tregear writes <lew Noye> 'Noah's flood' at TH 7.
> We thus have <lyf> x 7 and <lyw(e), lew> x 8.
> In KS we should allow both forms. <lyf> however must be respelt with
> <i> rather than <y> and with final <v>. This means that the attested
> lyf will appear as <liv>. I prefer to use <lyw>, which requires no
> respelling. It may, however, be taken for lyw 'colour'.
> What do others think?
> Nicholas
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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