njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed May 15 22:44:03 BST 2013
In some forms of Cornish the word for 'pound' is *peuns.
The late form pens has led people to believe that originally the word had <eu>. This I believe is a mistake.
The Welsh form punt suggests that the Cornish congener was originally puns; this later regularly unrounded to *pyns.
Pyns then alternated with pens, exactly like pryns ~ prens, kyns ~ kens, myns ~ mens, dyns ~ dens, gwyns ~ gwens; etc.
Pens is thus a phonetic development of puns > pyns; *peuns is a ghost form.
On 15 May 2013, at 22:24, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> I certainly do not pronounce <eus> to rhyme with (received English) "furze",as is being mooted in recent years. I don't believe that sound ever existed in Cornish.
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