[Spellyans] nut

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Thu Nov 26 16:26:47 GMT 2009

But that Lhuyd example (and others, such as gwedhan knyfan (dot over  
the y), and kynyphan frenk (dot over both y), 74a, include the medial  
f that George ignores, preferring instead to go with W. cneuog and  
Breton kraoneg (wavy wotsit over the n), instead of attested Cornish.   
 From Lhuyd's evidence, the Cornish word was distinct from W and B.

I think that KS and the SWF should reject *knowen, unless some real  
evidence from a Cornish source turns up.


On 26 Du 2009, at 15:58, j.mills at email.com wrote:

> Lhuyd (1707: 101c) gives "kynyfan" (i.e. KG's "knowen") as the  
> Cornish for "a nut". Lhuyd (1707: 51c) gives "Guedhan knyfan" for  
> "An hasle-tree".
> Jon
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> I thought that 'knowen' was an invention by KG that has no  
> precedent. However, it appears that *cnowen, 'nut-tree' occurs in  
> Lhuyd, 51c. Note, however, that this is 'nut-tree', not 'nut'. In  
> which case *knowen, to translate as 'nut', would seem to be a KG  
> invention and inadmissable as truly Cornish.
> Craig
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