[Spellyans] lyw & lew

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Fri Feb 11 14:05:21 GMT 2011


On 11 Feb 2011, at 13:18, nicholas williams wrote:

> I recommend:
> 
> lyw 'colour'
> lew 'lion'; in poetry and cf. the modern coinages lewes 'lioness', lewyk 'lion cub'
> lew 'rudder'
> liv 'flood'; cf. the plural lyvyow in CW

Thus liv, pl livyow according the the rule that the vowel in the monosyllable is preserved.

> The only attested word for 'to drive' in Cornish is seen in Tregear:
> 
> pan rug an tas aga dryvya in mes a paradice TH 13
> Eff a ve dryvys war thyller TH 49a.

Which we write drîvya because the vowel is long [ˈdɹiːvjə]

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/





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