[Spellyans] loan words

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Sat Feb 19 19:16:06 GMT 2011


I did say "minimise", not rule out.  Answer to the question is: I use  
"usya".  I'm used to using "usya"

Craig



On 19 Whe 2011, at 19:07, Ray Chubb wrote:

> I certainly would not advocate the wholesale use of borrowing as  
> found in Tregear.  However, when we look at the plays the amount of  
> loan words derived from English appears to be at an acceptable level.
>
> Can I ask Craig and Eddie whether, in order to avoid so called  
> English loan words, they would conjugate the noun 'defnyth', to make  
> an unattested verb or, like me, would they use the attested 'usya'?
>
> On 19 Whe 2011, at 09:13, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>
>> Over the past few months, I've been talking to Cornish users (of  
>> all varieties) about the subject of loan words, particularly ones  
>> from English and largely introduced in 16th century manuscripts,  
>> notably by Tregear.  Do they prefer "ryver" to "awon"; "remembra"  
>> to "perthy cof/cov"; "onderstondya" to "convedhes"?
>>
>> The consensus is overwhelming.  They prefer to use the Cornish word  
>> and see the loan words as useful only to provide variety in a  
>> textual work, or lengthy speech, to avoid repetition.
>>
>> One made the point that to use the sg. imperative of  
>> "onderstondya", would make the speaker sound like Ian Paisley!
>>
>> It's been said somewhere that imperatives can't be formed from  
>> "perthy cof/cov" - to bear memory - but surely they can.  Perth cof/ 
>> cov (sg.); perthyewgh cof/cov (pl.).  Nance gives per' co' as a  
>> Late sg. imp.  These have to be better Cornish than "Remember!"
>>
>> In France, they campaign against "Franglais"; in Russia, against  
>> "Russlish".  I think Cornish needs to minimise "Cornglish".
>> --
>>
>>
>> Craig Weatherhill
>>
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