[Spellyans] Blejyow or Flowrys?
eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Sun May 30 19:43:33 BST 2010
On 30 Me 2010, at 18:12, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> … I am happy to use <awan> or <ryver>; flowr> or <blejen>. Their
> existence in traditional Cornish is beyond doubt, and the choice
> gives the advantage of allowing extensions of vocabulary, so useful
> in written Cornish especially, where one doesn't want to keep using
> one word where alternatives are available.
Unverhe yn tyen a wraf gans dha lavar skentyl, Craig. Hen yu gwyr styr
an lavar 'Tota Cornicitas' y'm brus-vy: Kernewek oll a bup os,
Kernewek Coth po K.Cres po K,Modern po K.Dasserghys kyn fo. (Gwell yu
tewlel KK bys y'n deylek hep mar, hag ef hep bos moy es "skyl-Kornyk"
devysys gans nep skyl-frattyer!)
> Because a word occurs in toponyms, it does not follow that it was a
> living word in the Middle and Late language.
True, but irrelevant. We're trying to use Revived Cornish, not the
language from 300 or 500 or 1,000 years ago. It's inevitable that RC
will be a diachronic mixture of items from various periods. The most
we can hope for is to choose to focus more on the MC or TC or LC period.
I notice in passing that NJAW (2006) offers the following entries in
his UCR dictionary (I omit the plurals & diacritics):
animal. best. myl eneval
cloud. clowd, comolen. newlen
face. fas. bejeth. vysach. gruef. enep
flower. flowr. flowren. blejen. blejyowen
joy. lowena. lowender. joy
leg and thigh. gar, dual dewar
nose. dewfryk. tron
room. rom. stevel. chambour
scovarn. dual dewscovarn, pl. scovarnow
Now, a mere 4 years later, he tells us that some of these words that
he offered us then must now NOT BE USED! Well, pshaw! What might KS2
look like in a further 4 years' time, if opinions are going to be as
fleeting as this?!
No, I shall take the long view, I think, and stick to UC for a few
decades more, until the dust has settled down a bit (or till I've done
the dust-to-dust bit myself!). After all, UC has given the Revival
some 90 years of sterling service and is still going strong ; and its
founding fathers (and mothers!) have well-earned places of honour in
the history of our language.
Ha ny yllyr leverel yndella rak an 'Jowannow noweth devedhys' a'n jeth
hedhyu, a ny yllyr!
Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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