[Spellyans] Abbreviating Ordinal Numbers
weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Thu Mar 26 07:52:28 GMT 2009
I'm not sure that a progressive sequence would emerge, Eddie. We say:
"This year, next year, the year after next, etc." Or, "this term,
next term, and the summer term". 'Next' is used to denote the event
following the present one.
I agree that mata = 'mate, fellow', from the mackerel count.
On 25 Mer 2009, at 23:16, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 25 Mar 2009, at 22:54, Eddie Climo wrote:
>> If, as I suspect, we only find the 1st of the above sequences, the
>> absence of the others would seem to invalidate the premise that
>> 'nessa' only means 'next' and not 'second'.
> Language (in this case semantic domain) is not constrained by that
> kind of logical structure.
>> As for the alleged 'spuriousness' of the 'Nancean' legacy, Nance
>> was a fine linguist and lexicographer.
> Yes, and he got some things wrong and there's not reason not to
> recognize that and do better.
>> We are greatly indebted to him and to the other revivalists of his
>> generation. And if we are able to know more about some areas of the
>> Cornish language that they did, it's largely thanks to our standing
>> on their shoulders.
> I'm sure this goes without saying.
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