[Spellyans] The Celtic Languages

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Sat Jan 30 11:46:59 GMT 2010

Owen and friends,

I must strongly disagree on 'not really scholarly publishers'.  Look through 
current and past booklists and you will find this to be very much otherwise.

I am not sure how this matter should be dealt with.  Any contributor is 
welcome to his or her opinions, but in a scholarly work - which this most 
certainly is - a dispassionate tone should be the keynote of all academic 
writing.   There are of course also matters of fact to be addressed.

- an Ken ken

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Owen Cook" <owen.e.cook at gmail.com>
To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 12:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] The Celtic Languages

Well, be fair, it is Routledge. They do good work, in general, but
they're not really scholarly publishers.

Still, the sentence "The prospect of money caused the groups who do
not use Kemmyn to cease squabbling among themselves and to attack
Kemmyn", besides being unnecessarily polemical in tone, really impugns
opponents of Kemmyn by alleging their motivation to be financial. Real
conflicts of interest do crop up, but this is a very broad brush. The
more so as Ken goes on to write, "They re-opened the question of
orthography, placing it on the agenda of the partnership. Nicholas
Williams criticized Kemmyn, claiming that it was linguistically
flawed." Now, Nicholas had begun publishing his criticisms of Kemmyn a
decade or more before Cornish was designated for regional language
funding. I'm surprised Ken's phraseology didn't send up red flags --
it would have done if I'd been editing.

Still, I have a copy of the older edition of The Celtic Languages, and
I've found it useful and interesting on many counts. There'll still be
plenty of good material in the new edition, I'm sure.


On 29 January 2010 16:57, Ken MacKinnon <ken at ferintosh.org> wrote:
> Craig,
> That is a fair point. Ray makes the point also that this account 
> prejudices
> the whole publication. I would not go so far as that - but again it does
> suggest that this passage is less than academic and objective in tone.
> - an Ken ken
> Ken MacKinnon is now on Broadband with new e-mail addresses:-
> ken at ferintosh.org
> and also at:-
> ken.ferintosh at googlemail.com

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