[Spellyans] [Agantavas] Tremenans Richard Gendall

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Thu Sep 14 18:32:54 IST 2017


We've lost our guru

Jan

On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 4:48 PM, Ray Chubb <ray at spyrys.org> wrote:

> A why agas oll,
>
> Morethek of dhe glowes an newodhow.
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> I started learning Cornish in evening classes in Saltash with Wella Brown.
> Our course book at that time, (1973), was Kernewek Bew. Having left school
> at 15 without much of an education in grammar, I doubt if I would have
> stayed the course using any other grammar book available at the time. We
> did eventually move on to Peter Pool's Cornish for Beginners which is more
> accessible than Cornish Simplified.
>
> I still think Kernewek Bew is a great book but teaching methods have moved
> on, so they tell me.
>
> The other incentive to learning Cornish was all the great songs that
> Richard wrote and with Brenda Wootton performed. Between them they made our
> language sound so beautiful, who would not have wanted to learn it.
>
> Richard then started to investigate and favour Modern Cornish causing some
> regret to died-in-wool Unified users, however, without his work Nicholas
> may not have investigated the possibility of moving the base date of
> revived Cornish to a later period.
>
> So many of us, speakers and users of Cornish, owe Richard Gendall a
> tremendous debt.
>
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> On 14 Gwn 2017, at 13:35, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>
> With great sadness, I must pass on a report of the passing of R.R.M.
> (Richard) Gendall, at the age of 93.
>
> I remember him telling me that he began to learn Cornish at the age of 4,
> and I doubt that anyone else in the 20th or 21st century has spoken Cornish
> for 89 years!
> Singer, songwriter, schoolteacher, linguist, Richard contributed so much
> to Cornish society and culture and yet was so curiously unsung.
>
> I fondly remember voyages to Treguier, Brittany, with Richard and Jan in
> his boat 'Keryades', which he kept at St Winnow.
>
> His "The Pronunciation of Cornish", a careful and insightful analysis of
> Edward Lhuyd's phonetically written style of recording traditional Cornish
> is, to my mind, the most important of all his many works,
> and should be properly published.
>
> My thoughts are with his widow, Jan, and all of Richard's family.
>
> Cusk yn cres, Richard Gendall (1924-2017).
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> Craig
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> Ray Chubb
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> Portreth
> Kernow
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