[Spellyans] gwiryoneth

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Thu Nov 18 18:13:05 GMT 2010

Yes, he does, but we cannot dismiss the word forms if he is the one informant of the existence of <dh> v. <th>. If you applied this principle you would have to advocate spelling <th> for [θ] as well as for the sound you assume may have been [ð]. This is what you said (not your exact words – recapitulating from memory) in “Clappya Kernowek” that, if the Revival were jump-start from scratch you would use <th> for [θ] and [ð] (as well as <g> for [g] and [ʤ]).

If all Cornish speakers and writers of Lhuyd’s time and all the manuscripts that Lhuyd read had <th> then I’m not surprised <th> would appear in his writings even when he may have intended <dh>. 

I’m not taking <nowydh>, <diwedh> and <gwiryonedh> for gospel, there’s reason to believe that final voicing was at least possible in certain contexts and that writing <dh> in Revived Cornish, if we accept the grapheme <dh> at all, is legitimate. We must also avoid canonising <nowyth>, <dyweth> and <gwriryoneth> in order to make a statement that your theory is right and Ken George’s theory is wrong, not when we have so little to go by.




From: nicholas williams
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 5:41 PM


But Lhuyd repeatedly gets the syntax of Cornish wrong on the basis of Welsh. He writes, for example, Mî a vev Kelmez AB: 222 for `Mî a ve kelmez and neb Pednzhivikio a ryganz skrefa ragov lîaz gerrio Kernûak AB: 222 for neb Pednzhivigion a ryg skrefa ragov lîaz ger Kernûak.

It would be very easy to cite many other examples from his Preface.

Lhuyd may have been at pains to highlight the differences between Cornish and Welsh, but he didn't always succeed. We cannot therefore take his nowydh and guironedh for gospel, especially when he also writes noweth and guironeth.





On 2010 Du 18, at 12:43, j.mills at email.com wrote:

4 Influence of Lhuyd's own Welsh. Though I would not assume this. Lhuyd takes pains to point out the differences between Welsh and Cornish. In fact, the whole purpose of his Archaeologia is to show the similarities and differences between the Celtic languages.


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