s.hewitt at unesco.org
Thu Jan 24 16:23:15 GMT 2013
Well that's not very accurate.
Fraezh is OK, but it is not primarily an adverb; it is an adjective, most of which can be used adverbially.
Flour means "soft, smooth (to the touch)", and by extension "flattering" as in komsoù flour "sweet nothings"; its basic meaning is most certainly not "fluent", but it may be used to describe someone's use of language: brezhoneg flour so ganti "she has fine Breton".
Helavar is a neologism for "eloquent"; absolutely unknown.
You cannot get an accurate picture of Breton from dictionaries, with the single exception of Francis Favreau's various dictionaries.
From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of e-mail kevin.blackburn1
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> I was informed by an L2 speaker that this Breton word means 'fluent'. Alas, I only have one small Breton dictionary, > which assures me that the meaning of fraez is 'anus'! It has no entry at all for fraezh, unfortunately.
Geriadurig Brezhoneg-Saozneg, R. Delaporte 1986 has:
fraezh a. & adv. clear(ly), distinct(ly)
and Geriadurig Brezhoneg-Saozneg ha Saozneg-Brezhoneg, R. Delaporte 2006 has the same, but also:
fluent a. flour, helavar; speak fluently, komz flour
On 24 January 2013 15:30, Hedley Climo <eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk<mailto:eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk>> wrote:
On 2013 Gen 23, at 16:10, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:
Ffraeth in Welsh means witty, jocular.
Indeed it does, and the Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru (free PDF edn.) agrees with you. However, its complete entry has rather more to say (my underlinings):
(a) fluent, eloquent, loquacious, glib, talkative, flippant, witty, humorous; saucy, bold, sharp-tongued; sharp (of taste), pungent.
(b) ready, swift, prompt, lively, spirited; generous; ripe, fruitful.
Fraezh in Breton means clear, well-spoken.
I was informed by an L2 speaker that this Breton word means 'fluent'. Alas, I only have one small Breton dictionary, which assures me that the meaning of fraez is 'anus'! It has no entry at all for fraezh, unfortunately.
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