ray at spyrys.org
Sat Nov 28 13:45:31 GMT 2009
I seem to remember necessity for a word when speaking to the boys
when they were small gave rise to a plural 'eskellyas grehyn'. 'as'
being the usual plural of animal types.
On 27 Du 2009, at 19:14, nicholas williams wrote:
> Lhuyd's skelli grehan 'bat' really means 'leather wings' and is
> comparable with the Irish sciathán leathair, lit. 'leather wing',
> one of the many Irish terms for 'bat'
> I assume that originally there was a Cornish form *askell grohen,
> where the feminine noun askell lenited the initial consonant of the
> following word crohen, used adjectivally to mean 'of skin, of
> Since we have skelli grehan only, we should spell it eskelly grehyn
> and use it both for singular and plural. A bat has more than one
> wing, and so does a belfry full of bats.
> I think we should write the aphetic e-. This is exactly comparable
> with eskyjyow 'shoes', which is attested as skyggyow (once in OM and
> once in TH).
> An asterisk is not required.
> On 27 Du 2009, at 16:24, j.mills at email.com wrote:
>> Lhuyd (1707) gives "skerli grehan" [31a] and "sgelli grehan" [173a]
>> for "a bat". How should we spell this? Should we observe the
>> aphesis of <e->? If "sgelli grehan" is singular (a bat), then what
>> is its plural?
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