[Spellyans] tavas in early Middle Cornish

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 16:35:52 IST 2011


Tavas in the englyn is, I believe, the earliest attestation. It rhymes with collas/gollas.
I refuse to speculate about what may or may not have existed. Since I write <tavas> I don't care.
Quite probably pronunciations varied. But speculative etymologies do not trump textual evidence.
Nor should they.

Nicholas


On 2011 Gor 13, at 16:01, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> So, let me rephrase, are you saying that a proposed */ˈtavɛz/ (cf. OM <taves>) did not (is unlikely to have) exist(ed)?

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