[Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.
ken at ferintosh.org
Mon Sep 10 11:03:33 BST 2018
What we now call ‘English’ has been creolised at several periods:-
1) Old English creolised chiefly at the syntactic level with indigenous British (Celtic) in earliest period;
2) Subsequent creolisations with incoming Danish;
3) Ditto with Norman French.
All have left their mark.
From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Janice Lobb
Sent: 25 August 2018 19:56
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.
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> 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:
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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