njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 11:05:56 GMT 2010
The word quyt, quit is well attested in the texts. It is used
emphatically with in mes,
ow scoforn treghys myrough quyt the ves thyworth ow pen PC 1144-45
ha tenna in mes quyt ha glan agan lell feith in mes agan colonow TH 45a
ny a’n gor quit mes a’n bys BK 1857.
Is the vowel long in this word (cf. Breton kuit) or is it short (cf.
The spelling of <quyte> seen in han segh gallas quyte drethaf CW 1573
suggests that the vowel was long. In which case we should spell it
If the vowel is short, we should write <qwyt>.
What do others think?
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