[Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Sat Aug 25 12:56:06 BST 2018


Every loanword in Cornish is still Cornish. 

No insular Celtic language is free from loanwords from Latin, from French, and from English. 

> On 25 Aug 2018, at 10:33, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
> 
> 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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