[Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Tue May 15 09:09:26 IST 2012

Indeed. The SWF writes ynkleudhyas/yncleudhyas 'to bury'. The word is attested in the texts at least 19 times. Not once is it spelt with <eu>. The second syllable is always <e> or <y>/<i>.

The SWF writes kleudh 'ditch', which is unattested. The attested form is kledh. 

The SWF writes seulabrys, seuladhydh. <eu> is never found in either of these words. Together they are found nine times in the texts and the vowel of the first syllable is always <o> not <eu>.

The SWF writes Meurth 'March' and dy'Meurth 'Tuesday'. Neither is attested. The vowel is always <e> not <eu>.

The SWF writes peuns 'pound' on etymological grounds. The etymology is mistaken. The attested forms always have <u>, <y> or <e>. The authentic forms are either puns, punsow or pens, pensow. The alternation puns ~ pens is phonetically similar to kyns ~ kens, pryns ~ prens, gwyns ~ gwens, myns ~ mens, etc. 


On 15 May 2012, at 07:11, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> I wonder if too much emphasis is being placed upon etymology. 

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