[Spellyans] parsnip

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Fri Jan 15 11:22:18 GMT 2010

On 15 Jan 2010, at 10:32, j.mills at email.com wrote:

> Morton Nance (1938) gives the singulative "panesen" for 'parsnip'.  
> The only attestation that I have found is Lhuyd (1707: 114a, 240c)  
> who gives "panan". Lhuyd (1707: 14c, 33a, 114a, 243a) gives the  
> plural as "panez". Are we justified in writing a singulative form  
> "panesen"?

I think we are. This formation is productive; cf Welsh panasen, pannas.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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