[Spellyans] Is there a future for the SWF?

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Tue May 15 11:29:30 IST 2012

I don't. I'm not a place name expert. It's quite possible I'm mistaken. I'll have to defer to the resident place name expert(s). I do, however, believe that CW ‹cleath› and Lhuyd's ‹klêdh› is cognate to B kleuz and W clawdd and that the reconstructed MC cognate was */klœð/.

On May 15, 2012, at 12:22 PM, Jon Mills wrote:

> How can one be sure that the element -gloth in Cargloth is the lexeme CLEDH?
> Jon
>> Dan writes,
>> Here are the attestations:
>> cleath (CW), klêdh (Lh), cledh (Pr); (pl.) kledhioụ (Lh), cledhiou (Pr);
>> While there is no *cluth, *cloth, *clueth or *clevth which would point towards a front rounded vowel, the attestations clearly go back to the full grade */klœð/ root (B kleuz, W clawdd) as there is no reason for a i-mutated /klað/. 
>> There is also the place name Cargloth where the second element does show a rounded vowel. Since all the textual attestations here are rather late it is not surprising that they would show */œ/ in its unrounded reflex. But since there's also the place name and I should agree with Craig that (critically examined) place names are highly relevant to the reconstruction of Cornish forms, we do have grounds to reconstruct */klœð/, hence SWFt ‹cleudh›. I should say ‹cleudh› is correct. 
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