[Spellyans] Why learn Cornish?

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Wed May 2 11:38:39 IST 2012

On May 1, 2012, at 10:50 PM, A. J. Trim wrote:

> In order to make best use of this article, we might need the Cornish for "fine-tunes the mind", "scalp electrodes" and the Cornish for "pattern of brainwaves". I don't know what they would be in Cornish. I assume that these are new concepts. Any ideas?

In his UCR dictionary, Nicholas gives ‹man-donyans› for "fine-tuning" - a verbal noun would be ‹man-donya›. These would be ‹manndonyans› and ‹manndonya› respectively in the SWF. How about ‹electrode crohen penn› for "scalp electrode"? And using the UCR dictionary I found ‹patron tybyansow gorwyw› (= SWF gorwiw) for "pattern of brainwaves". 

> I gather from the article that if we take lots of trouble to learn a difficult, almost dead language (e.g. Cornish) that very few people understand, we might get to go daft a little bit slower. Makes sense ... give them more funding !?
> Could it just be that the clever people tend to pick up languages more easily?

No, not at all. Clever people may be prone to wanting to pick up more languages, but learning the mother tongue shows we're all pretty good language learners, we just retain this talent to a differing degree beyond the age of 10. Monoligulaism is something very typical of an English speaking environment, but this is not the case elsewhere, where bi- try and sometimes quadric-lingualism is the order of the day. People switch back and forth between languages and dialects according to the appropriate context - the clever ones and the not so clever ones. 

> I suggest this as their next experiment:
> Take two equivalent groups of monoglot English speakers. Talk to one group in English only. Talk to the other group in English sometimes and an unfamiliar language (e.g. Cornish) sometimes - so that the second group has to know two languages to survive. Keep this up for a few years. (Yes, it's difficult to set up the total-emersion environment.)  In thirty years' time, count the daft ones! Measure the difference. Draw conclusions. Hmm.


> At least the number of Cornish speakers would have increased.
> Regards,
> Andrew J. Trim
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> From: "Eddie Climo" <EDDIE_CLIMO at YAHOO.CO.UK>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 6:02 PM
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> Subject: [Spellyans] Why learn Cornish?
>> Henry Jenner famously had a simple answer to the question, 'Why should a Cornishman learn Cornish?'
>> Recently reported research from the US Northwestern University suggests that learning a second language 'boosts your brain power' and 'fine-tunes' your little grey cells—presumably even if you aren't either Cornish or male!
>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17892521
>> Mind you, they also claim that bilinguals perform better at separating out speech from background noise. Despite speaking several languages, that's something I've always been very poor at doing!
>> Eddie Climo
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