[Spellyans] loan words

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 09:48:28 GMT 2011


Loanwords from Middle English and Norman French are what give Cornish its distinctive appearance. 
Pascon agan Arluth is the oldest long Middle Cornish text and in the first twenty stanzas the following loanwords occur:

verbs: 
comfortya 'to comfort', convyctya 'to convict, to vanquish', decevya 'to deceive', desirya 'to desire', dyghtya 'to dight, to treat', dyspresya 'to dispraise, to despise', fastya 'to fasten', grauntya 'to grant', metya 'to meet', movya 'to move', omsettya 'set oneself', onora 'to honour', ordna 'to ordain, rebukya 'to rebuke',  spena 'to spend', temptya 'to tempt', tuchya 'to touch'
nouns: 
acord 'agreement', bylyny 'villainy', coveytys 'covetousness, avarice', maner 'manner, way', mestry 'mastery, domination', passyon 'passion', paynys 'pains', penans 'penance', pynakyl 'pinnacle', reson 'reason', servys 'service'.
adjective: 
servabyl 'dutiful, obedient'
adverb
prest 'readily'.

What is the problem?

Nicholas



On 2011 Whe 21, at 09:05, Dr Jon Mills wrote:

> Do those who object to loanwords such as remembra also object to Old Norman French loanwords such as mes ('but')? Or is it only words that resemble English words that are objectionable?
> Ol an gwella,
> Jon

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