[Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.

Herbie Blackburn kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com
Sat Aug 25 12:12:25 BST 2018


Interesting - of course, that covers vocabulary only, and structure is another thing, but more difficult to calculate its origins.

Herbie

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-----Original Message-----
From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Craig Weatherhill
Sent: 25 August 2018 10:33
To: spellyans at kernowek.net
Subject: [Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.

Has anyone ever carried out a breakdown of the vocabulary of Cornish to determine the origins of each word?

I ask this after seeing the results of a study of English with concludes that the current language consists of:

26% Germanic
29% French
29% Latin
6% Greek
10% Others

Or, as someone remarked:  "English is not as English as the English think it is!"

Although Cornish undeniably contains many loan words from other languages, I fancy that its Brythonic content will be rather higher than the surprisingly low Germanic content of modern English (I'd have estimated 40% Germanic), and might be a very good answer to those many people who persist in claiming that Cornish is "made up".

Craig


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