[Spellyans] An SWF glossary & Unified versus SWF

janicelobb at tiscali.co.uk janicelobb at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Jun 9 09:07:08 IST 2010

Eddie wheg
Slightly ironic that you should choose to illustrate your advice about not leaving the old way for a new way with a quotation in UC from (as you call it) Jowan Chy an Horth. Surely the original authentic manuscripts for this story (Boson ca. 1660 and Lhuyd ca. 1700) are both in Modern/Late Cornish - an very useful we find them. Who "translated" them into Unified? Or was there an earlier version in Middle Cornish that I don't know about?
Oll an gwellaJan

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From: eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk

Date: 08/06/2010 17:52 

To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"<spellyans at kernowek.net>

Subj: Re: [Spellyans] An SWF glossary  & Unified versus SWF

On 8 Efn 2010, at 16:29, Ray Chubb wrote:Unified should not be looked at from a totally linguistic point of view.  
Agreed, but UC can stand up to such scrutiny. The group of people who collaborated on designing UC were fine linguists who crafted well. Moreover, their hearts were in the right place: not for them the factional back-stabbing we've seen far too much of over the last quarter century.
Nance's original aim of using an orthography based on historical Cornish at its zenith, simply standardising out some irregularities, is still a valid one and will remain an attractive one to future generations who have put some thought into which form of Cornish they are going to learn.  
Indeed. Unlike some forms of Revived Cornish, UC has stood the test of time, and given Kernewegoryon over 80 years of valuable service. It is, in my opinion, the classic form of revived Middle Cornish, and is as valid now as it was when launched all those years ago. Its designers have earned an honoured place in the history of our language, unlike some of today's wannabes.
Moreover, it has a massive literature that has built up over that period, and the reality is that —despite the efforts of modern bowdlerisers and plagiarists in the KKesva, and elsewhere— most of it will never be republished in any other orthography. Anyone who aspires to 'Tota Cornicitas' cannot simply wish that corpus away.
In the face of this large corpus of UC, Kernewegoryon now and in the years to come will be obliged (at the very least) to read UC, even if they choose not to write it.
Perhaps the same might be said by future generations (post 2013) about the substantial (and growing corpus) of KS literature that is currently being created.
Therefore Christian's opinion that Unified will only last until the current users die out could well be mistaken.
I very much suspect it is mistaken. I, for one, love UC and will continue to study and write in it.
Gwren ny perthy cof a un poynt a skyans a glewas Jowan Chy an Horth y'n whethel mur y vry:
"Kemer wyth na wreta gasa an forth coth rak an forth noweth." Eddie Foirbeis Climo- -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- -Dres ethom akennow byner re bo lyeshesAccenti non multiplicandi praeter necessitatem 

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