[Spellyans] The name for 'Ireland' in the dictionary of the Akademi Kernewek

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Apr 1 12:44:07 BST 2021


Under ‘Ireland’ the online dictionary gives two forms: Iwerdhon and Wordhen. Iwerdhon is marked with a superscript M to suggest that it is a Middle Cornish form. Wordhen is not followed by any superscript letter.
	Unfortunately the form Iwerdhon is an invention of Nance’s that first appeared (spelt Ywerdhon) in his Cornish-English dictionary of 1938. 
	The Cornish for ‘Ireland’ is attested twice only as follows:

en Ehual-dir an Alban hag en G’laskor Uordhyn AB: 222
Ha e tha Worthen eath e whonnen JTonkin.

There are no other instances anywhere.

Since the form Iwerdhon is not attested in the traditional language, there is no reason to included it in the dictionary.

Nicholas Williams

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