[Spellyans] Plural forms

David Trethewey davidtreth at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 11:43:00 BST 2012

I'm trying to write this up asa Python script - I may have a basic
version today - but it may take longer for me to get one that does all
cases and runs as a standalone program without the need for a Python
interpreter installed.

211 - dew kans hag unnek    - onan, eth, unnek and etek need special
handing to use hag rather than ha
1917 mil naw kans ha seytek - in a compound number use ha here after kans
1997 - mil naw kans seytek ha peswar ugens - but not after kans here
where it is used after the first part of the compound number for 97.

Is there actually a hard and fast rule about when to use number + a +
plural noun, rather than number + singular noun? As far as I'm aware
there isn't except that the former may be used with larger numbers but
is not compulsory as far as I know, although the latter may become
unwieldy it is not actually ungrammatical?


On 3 June 2012 15:30, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
> I can find the following examples of mylyow:
> Kyn geffo eff myllyov cans 'Though he get a hundred thousand' BM 2270
> an henow a Luther, Zwynglyus, Carolstadyus, gans myllyow moy an parana,
> ha aga hereticall fascion 'the name of Luther, Zwingli, Carolstad, with
> thousands more of that kind, and their heretical faction' TH 33
> han rena a rug convertya ha trelya lyas myll a vyllyow then feith 'and those
> converted and turned many thousand thousands to the faith' TH 51
> moy eas myllyow a bynsow 'more than thousands of pounds' CW 740
> ha shoyah Bednath war villiaw a eze ort a Kara, ha gweetha o Lavarow 'and
> show blessing to thousands who love me' Rowe (there are later versions of
> this where the word is miliow).
> There do not seem to be examples in the texts of milyow used to express
> numbers apart from multiples of a thousand. So the 'a vilyow' way is not
> common. The only possible example is Tregear's lyas myll a vyllyow.
> 'Two thousand' is dyw vil:
> rag ma dro da deux mill Hosket whath in Falmeth 'for there are still about
> two thousand barrels in Falmouth'  OPender
> and 'a hundred thousand' is cans mil:
> Tedna cans mil warbar 'Draw in a hundred thousand together' Pryce.
> Using the decimal system
> 283,000 would be dew cans, eth deg ha teyr mil.
> 200,083 would be dew cans mil, eth deg ha try
> 203,080 would be dew cans ha teyr mil, eth deg.
> Or one could simply spell the number out:
> dew, eth, try, màn, màn, màn
> dew, màn, màn, màn, eth, try
> dew, màn, try, màn, eth, màn.
> Nicholas
> On 3 Jun 2012, at 11:06, Nicky Rowe wrote:
> If the 'a vilyow' way is common in the texts I might prefer to just use that
> system...
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