[Spellyans] [Agantavas] Tremenans Richard Gendall

Christian Semmens christian.semmens at gmail.com
Fri Sep 15 12:13:43 IST 2017


A sad loss.

As for Kernewek Bew, one or two copies left...

https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1189635779&searchurl=kn%3DKernewek%2Bbew%26sortby%3D17%26ds%3D20

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B0040AV5FK/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=&sr=

On 14 September 2017 at 23:14, Clive Baker <clive.baker at gmail.com> wrote:

> Like Ray I began learning Cornish seriously in the early seventies, but in
> Penzance with Len Orme, and the book we used was that great classic
> Kernewek Bew by Richard Gendall, that giant of the language movement who
> will be sadly missed by one and all. I found his book brilliant as there
> was little or no English in it at all and I still recommend it to my
> students if you can find a copy in the second hand shops
> I too spent my youth singing folk songs and there met Richard with Brenda
> Wooton, and heard his lovely expression of Cornish through the medium of
> music... fantastic
> Through the years I have often thought of him with fondness
> Cusk yn Cres Richard
> Clive Baker
> Adan Tavas
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> 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.
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>> 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).
>>
>>
>> Craig
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>> Ray Chubb
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>> Portreth
>> Kernow
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