[Spellyans] Wardbridge

A. J. Trim ajtrim at msn.com
Fri Feb 10 17:28:17 GMT 2017


These spellings came form somewhere.

Why no records of them now? If it were an important market town, it 
should have generated lots of records.

http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/travellers/Defoe/15#pn_24

This supports Ponswad, Ponswod, Ponsward.


Regards,

Andrew J. Trim




On 10/02/17 15:25, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> I don't believe it will ever happen, Harry.  <waed>, attested internally to Cornwall for seven centuries, has a completely different meaning to <ward> which is attested only by a mere handful of external sources over a very short period of time.  <Ponswad> remains safe.
>
> Craig
>
>
>
> On 2017 Whe 10, at 14:29, Harry Hawkey wrote:
>
>> How long do you think it will take them to replace the official form of
>> 'Ponswad' with this new word? A couple of days at the most, right?
>>
>> :-\
>>
>>
>> On 10/02/17 10:34, Nicholas Williams wrote:
>>> Wardbridge and Ponzwarda are clearly not mistakes.
>>> Presumably the local people didn’t understand the element Wade and
>>> replaced
>>> it with the more familiar shape Ward.
>>> It is likely also that the substitution of Ward for Wade
>>> occurred early, i.e. before the Great Vowel Shift of the late medieval
>>> period.
>>> Wa:d to Ward was hardly likely after Wa:d had become Weid,
>>> assuming that the change occurred in English rather than Cornish.
>>>
>>> Lhuyd’s other place-names in the MS seem accurate, e.g.
>>>
>>> Byzvena ~ Bodmin
>>> Lys Stephan ~ Lanston
>>> Marha Dzhow ~ Market Jew
>>> Por îa ~ St Ives
>>> Por Enis ~ Mowsol.
>>>
>>> When citing contemporary Cornish words in the MS Lhuyd glosses them in
>>> Welsh, but his Welsh is in his own idiosyncratic orthography which makes
>>> looking them up in Welsh dictionaries rather difficult sometimes.
>>>
>>> Nicholas
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