[Spellyans] 'special'

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 10:13:22 IST 2011

I notice that An English-Cornish Glossary in the SWF (using Traditional Graphs) by Bock, Bruch, Kennedy, Prohaska and Rule
s.v. 'special' gives arbennek, arbednek.
Arbennek is unattested. The only attested form is arbednek AB: 224, an invention of Lhuyd's on the basis of Welsh arbennig 'special'.

The word for 'special' in traditional Cornish is specyal and 'specially' is spessly:

zozo Ihesus zy thampnye pylat bys pan danvonas yn vr na keskeweza y a ve ha specyall bras PA 110cd

Cf. ha specyly ree ov tena BM 1509.

Speciall, special, especiall occurs thirteen times in TH and specially occurs six times.

It is a pity the glossary did not cite specyal, spessly, given that the first was recorded in a text from the fourteenth century and the second
in a text from 1504.


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