[Spellyans] Wasp

njawilliams njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Feb 13 22:51:06 GMT 2017


We write gùhien, gùhy. The ù shows that the vowel is [u] rather than [i]. 

Nicholas

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> On 13 Feb 2017, at 22:22, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
> 
> How should <guhyen; guhy>, "wasp; wasps" be correctly spelt?
> 
> Old Cornish has: <guhien>.  Nance lists: <guhyen; guhy>
> 
> I don't know if it's attested elsewhere in the texts, but SWF (following KK) spells it <goghien; goghi>.  George's first dictionary suggests a reconstruction from a postulated Common Celtic <*woks-> and equally postulated Indo-European <*wops->.
> Welsh has <gwchi>, although current Welsh doesn't seem to use it.
> 
> It is attested in one place-name:  Tregiffian, St Buryan.  Attested spellings are as follows:
> 
> Tregughion  1292, 1334
> Tregughyon 1300
> Tregguhion 1331
> Tregivian 1331
> Treguvan 1336
> Tregivian 1451
> Tregevyon 1550
> Tregufyon 1617
> Treguvian 1668
> Treguvan 1668
> Treguffian 1668
> Tregiffien 1723
> 
> Presumably, the meaning is: "wasp (infested) farm".
> 
> Craig
> 
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