[Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.
janicelobb at gmail.com
Sat Aug 25 19:55:49 BST 2018
I once read a paper that described English as a "creole" language!
On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 10:33 AM Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org>
> 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".
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