[Spellyans] gawas 'to get'

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Thu Sep 8 10:48:06 BST 2011

Although Late Cornish frequently used the silent final -e, it was  
often used to denote that the previous vowel is long.


On 8 Gwn 2011, at 10:35, nicholas williams wrote:

> I didn't at first really like final <v>.
> If we take all those words which in CW and elsewhere end in <ve> we  
> find, inter alia,
> gwave 'winter'
> have 'summer'
> eve 'he, him'
> creve 'strong'
> neve 'heaven'
> preve 'worm, reptile'
> ove 'I am'
> gove 'smith'.
> We don't however use final silent -e, since that is a spelling  
> convention derived from English. If we remove
> the silent -e from these items, they become gwav, hav, ev, crev,  
> nev, prev, ov and gov, the recommended KS forms.
> Although they don't look like MC gwaf, haf, ef, cref, etc. they do  
> have the merit of making clear
> that the final segment is [v] rather than [f]. This avoids  
> mispronunciations like me yw *goff hag yth *off *creff.
> Spellings like hav, gwav, prev etc. also make the spelling
> easier for those used to a LC orthography.
> They cannot be called untraditional because sporadic spelling like  
> ev 'he', ov 'am' occur even in MC and CW:
> ev yv pen cok RD 2017
> mabe Jared yth ov heb gowe CW 2096
> Nicholas
> On 2011 Gwn 8, at 09:31, Ray Chubb wrote:
>>> Ray, what you don’t like is the ‘look’ of final <dh> and <v>,
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Craig Weatherhill

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