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