[Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

Linus Band linusband at gmail.com
Tue May 15 10:10:32 BST 2012

I'm afraid that I must disagree on the date of divergence.No trait has been
found that distinguishes Cornish from Breton, or the other way around,
before the appearance of the Vocabularium Cornicum (somewhere between
1100-1200). (Cf. P. Schrijver, 'Old British', Brythonic Celtic, from
Medieval British to Modern Breton, Elmar Ternes (ed.) (Bremen 2011) 4, 34
As for the significance of reconstructed forms, they are an important tool
that can help us make sense of Traditional Cornish spelling. It is of
course not 100% foolproof, but so is the analysis and interpretation of
graphemes. Both should be used with care.

Kind regards,


2012/5/15 Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>

> On 15 May 2012, at 09:22, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> > I used the word "largely", having our 5th-10th century inscribed stones
> in mind.  Many of the names on them are British, albeit slightly altered to
> suit Latin orthography.  Taking that into consideration, they represent our
> only known written British.
> > Charles Thomas's book on Cornish and Welsh inscribed stone: "And Shall
> these Mute Stones Speak" (University of Wales Press 1994) is of great
> assistance in this subject.
> I haven't seen that book, but conventional wisdom is that by 600 CE
> British had already developed into forms of Welsh, Cumbric, Cornish, and
> Breton. I'd be surprised if 10th-century stones were in much older
> language. But I really ought to get hold of that book, if for no other
> reason but to see if there are fonts that could be designed from it. :-)
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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