[Spellyans] 'special'

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Wed Jul 27 12:59:14 IST 2011

Do we know that Lhuyd invented it?  Or had he heard it used in speech?


On 27 Gor 2011, at 10:46, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> Nicholas,
> The vocabulary listed in the SWF glossary is only a very small part  
> of the vocabulary used in Revived Cornish today. You have mentioned  
> the tendency for linguistic purism and attitudes and arguments along  
> similar lines and indeed the word you will rather hear in RC today  
> is arbennek ~ arbednek rather than specyal which is perceived as  
> being English – and thus not-Cornish.
> I can assure you that specyal will be part of my SWF dictionary.
> Dan
> From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net 
> ] On Behalf Of nicholas williams
> Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:13 AM
> To: Standard Cornish discussion list
> Subject: [Spellyans] 'special'
> 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.
> Nicholas
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Craig Weatherhill

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