[Spellyans] eCornish practise

Clive Baker clive.baker at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 17:09:01 GMT 2016


And I believe the same with Wheal Jane... as in Wheal Yeyn, Craig

On Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 4:47 PM, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org>
wrote:

> Well, I think it's a general feature of Late Cornish that MC -s- in such a
> position becomes -j- (/zh/).  If one is seeking a standardized orthography
> from LC, then it achieves a consistency if this is adopted across the board.
> One also finds that initial Y frequently - but not always - becomes /zh/
> in Late Cornish, e.g. Chapel Jane (contracted from <ydnyal>), Venton Jean
> (<yeyn>); Park an Jet (<yet>), etc.
>
> Craig
>
>
>
>
> On 2016 Gen 24, at 15:40, Nicholas Williams wrote:
>
> Re *lenejow* ‘nuns’: why do users of Late Cornish spell the plural of
> feminine words in -*es* with -*ejow*? The feminine ending in such words
> as *myternes* ‘queen’, *arlodhes* ‘lady’, is presumably a reflex of Latin
> -*issa*, and does not contain s < d. There seems therefore to be no
> etymological justification for the spelling -*ejow*. Surely -*esow* or -
> *ezow* would be preferable. I can find no examples of an -*esow* plural
> of a feminine in -*es* in Late Cornish, but compare:
>
> *Ha Jesus geth oll a dro der Alale, deske et ago **Eglezow* Kerew, where
> the plural is of *egles* ‘church’ < Latin *ecclesia*.
> *ha gwrens gi bos rag **signezou**, rag termen, ha rag dethiou ha
> blethaniou* JBoson, where *signezou* is a double plural of *sin* ‘sign’.
>
> The latest -*esow* plurals I can find are *gwerhesow* ‘virgins’ BK 1308,
> 1717 and *arluthesow* ‘ladies’ BK 3304.
>
> There are late Cornish plurals in -*ajow* <-agow> but these are reflexes
> of OC *-*adou*, e.g. *lagagow* ‘eyes’ Kerew, OC singular *lagat*;
> *canhagowe* ‘mesengers’ CW 67 < OC **canat* ‘messenger’.
> Is there any evidence for -*ejow* <-egow> as the plural ending of a
> feminine in -*es*? If there is not, shouldn’t the plural of *lenes*,
> *lenas* ‘nun’ be *lenesow*?
>
> Nicholas
>
>
> On 24 Jan 2016, at 13:18, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> and lenejow for nuns (women of the cloth).
>
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