[Spellyans] loan words

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Feb 21 11:21:36 GMT 2011


On 21 Feb 2011, at 09:48, nicholas williams wrote:

> Loanwords from Middle English and Norman French are what give Cornish its distinctive appearance. 

Indeed, they show the vigour of the language, which was ready to take on borrowings. If it were not for loanwords, Cornish would not be Cornish.

It would be one of those clean-speach conlangs preferred by those who want history to be other than it was. Or who want Cornish to be harder than it is. Loanwords are an actual help to learners. Why avoid them, if they are attested?

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





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