[Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Sat Aug 25 19:55:49 BST 2018


I once read a paper that described English as a "creole" language!
Jan

On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 10:33 AM 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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