[Spellyans] gwiryoneth

j.mills at email.com j.mills at email.com
Fri Nov 19 11:10:35 GMT 2010

I did not say that we should take Lhuyd's evidence "as gospel". But I do not think that we should assume that Lhuyd's testimony is erroneous simply because it does not accord with our own theories. I suspect that since Lhuyd records nowydh and guironedh, he may actually have heard these pronunciations, and see no reason to dismiss them out of hand. Of course we can never be absolutely sure.
Ol an gwella

Dr. Jon Mills, 
School of European Culture and Languages, 
University of Kent

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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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