[Spellyans] eCornish practise

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 18:11:29 GMT 2016


> On 24 Jan 2016, at 17:09, Clive Baker <clive.baker at gmail.com> wrote:
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> And I believe the same with Wheal Jane... as in Wheal Yeyn, Craig
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> On Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 4:47 PM, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org <mailto: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.
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> Craig
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> On 2016 Gen 24, at 15:40, Nicholas Williams wrote:
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>> 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:
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>> 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’. 
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>> The latest -esow plurals I can find are gwerhesow ‘virgins’ BK 1308, 1717 and arluthesow ‘ladies’ BK 3304.
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>> 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?
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>> Nicholas
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>>> On 24 Jan 2016, at 13:18, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com <mailto:janicelobb at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>>> and lenejow for nuns (women of the cloth).
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