[Spellyans] lyver ~ lever
njawilliams at gmail.com
Tue May 15 14:50:44 IST 2012
It would seem from the texts that lever rather than lyver is the default form of the word for 'book' in MC:
levar PA 135d
liuer BM 101 ~ lefer BM 1418, BM 1499
lyver TH 6a, TH 42, TH 45a, TH 47a, TH 49a, 60; lyfer TH 45; lyuer TH 18a, TH 55 ~ levarTH 56a,
levar SA 59
The spelling lyver is not actually attested until TH.
The vowel is similar to that of screfa/scryfa, gwetha/gwytha, trega/tryga, teller/tyller. Short i in open syllables in polysyllables is in free variation with short e. There is no need to insist on spelling variants.
Compare also kenyver ~ keneffra (which the SWF spells keniver — a form confined to one instance in Late Cornish).
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