[Spellyans] difasya

j.mills at email.com j.mills at email.com
Thu Oct 7 09:18:06 IST 2010


If we have a rule that [sj] may be pronounced [ʃ], does that apply to all Cornish words with [sj] or only those of Old Norman French etymology. This alternation of [sj] ~ [ʃ], appears to have already existed in Old Norman French before such words were borrowed into Cornish: for example, Old Norman French face, fache, fasse ('face', 'cheek'). Should the rule, for example, apply to syans, browsyon, devesyow, elsyon and cosyorgh?
Ol an gwella
Jon

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From: nicholas williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>
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There is also the related word fashes in yth ew wondrys fashes CW 499.
This is the verbal adjective of facya seen in kyn facyen mur renothas PC 1680.
I think that we should spell these verbs defacya and facya but with a rule that cy [sj] may be pronounced sh.
Thus fashes and defashes can be understood as facyes and defacyes respectively.
The rule that [sj] > sh is also apparent in the word for 'past' which is variously spelt:
passyes, passys TH; passiez NBoson; passiez Lhuyd; passhes CW.


Compare also: oblashion CW 1086, 1187; oblashyon CW 1068; but oblacion TH 11; oblation TH 64 x 2; oblacon CW 1075 and 
domynashon 'domination' CW 56 but dampnasconn 'damnation' BM 1184; dampnacion TH passim; dampnassyon BK 3140. 


Nicholas


On 2010 Hed 6, at 10:56, j.mills at email.com wrote:


This verb seems to be only attested as a past-participle  "defashes" (Jordan 1611: 476). Should we not write the base form as difashe?
Ol an gwella,
Jon

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