[Spellyans] Wasp

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Tue Feb 14 10:30:28 GMT 2017


One thing that Tregiffian is famous for is its Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age "entrance grave" or chambered cairn of a type only known in West Penwith (about 22 of them) and on Scilly (which has about 80 of them).
Cornish doesn't have a specific term for this kind of monument, so we, on the Signage Panel, came up with one.  <Hirvedh>

Craig





On 2017 Whe 13, at 22:51, njawilliams wrote:

> We write gùhien, gùhy. The ù shows that the vowel is [u] rather than [i]. 
> 
> Nicholas
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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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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