[Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Thu May 17 15:32:23 BST 2012

I am not trying to say that Nance's work was perfect what I am trying  
to show is that if you keep as closely as possible to historical  
sources you are less likely to make major blunders.

A view which, Nicholas, you once seemed to hold.

What I object to on this forum, sometimes, is the way in which  
conjecture is put forward as certainty.  If in doubt stick to the  

On 17 Me 2012, at 13:40, Nicholas Williams wrote:

> Though Nance did change the spelling of the texts to make them  
> conform to his preconceived notions.
> UC byghan is unattested in the texts (though not in place-names);  
> byhan or byan would have been better
> UC Ywerdhon is unattested and should have been Wordhen
> UC Kembry is unattested and should have been Kembra
> UC Whevrer is unattested and should have been Whevrel.
> Moreover, because Nance had no linguistic training, he did not seem  
> to have realised that the vowel in tus 'men' and dus 'come' were  
> different. This was apparent from the different reflexes in Late  
> Cornish: tees 'men' but des 'come'. As a result UC lacks the [oe]  
> vowel, that was already in Jenner's Cornish.
> Nicholas
> On 17 May 2012, at 13:23, Ray Chubb wrote:
>> Of Kemmyn at 13.2	To draw up the phonemic inventory of a living  
>> language is a difficult affair, and the end result may well not  
>> satisfy other scholars in the field. To attempt to phonemicize a  
>> language that has no traditional speakers is an even more hazardous  
>> business, and requires exceptional linguistic expertise.  It is not  
>> obvious that the devisors of Kernewek Kemmyn satisfied these  
>> conditions.  It should be noted that the devisors of Unified  
>> Cornish did not require such expert knowledge and skill. They after  
>> all were content for the most part to let their sources speak for  
>> themselves.
>> Of Unified at 15.8	        At no point did Nance attempt to  
>> elaborate a scientific basis for the phonology of Unified Cornish.  
>> Indeed it is doubtful whether he could have done so, even if he had  
>> wished. Instead he let the phonology of Unified Cornish emerge  
>> piecemeal and in an ad hoc fashion. His system is saved quite  
>> simply by the way that for the most part he adhered to the spelling  
>> of the texts.
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