[Spellyans] The Cornish for 'cousin'

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Wed Jul 23 09:34:06 IST 2014


On 22 Jul 2014, at 13:32, Jon Mills <j.mills at email.com> wrote:

> Cornish cosyn is borrowed from Old Norman French, as is English cousin. I see nothing wrong with using cosyn.

How do you know the Cornish word isn’t borrowed from Middle English? There seem to be very few Cornish words found only in older French but not in Middle English. And often where there is a slight nuance of difference between the ME and OF words, the Cornish shares the nuance with the ME.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/





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