[Spellyans] The Cornish name for 'Germany' in the Akademi dictionary

Ian Jackson iacobianus at googlemail.com
Mon Apr 5 10:39:02 BST 2021


Dear All,

 

In Gerlyver Kescows 2nd edition (on-line at the Vocabulary page of skeulantavas.com) Jermany is given as the preferred word for Germany, with no indication that it is an exception to usual stress on the penult, and with Almayn supplied in brackets as a secondary alternative. The only word given for Ireland is Wordhen.

 

I try to keep Gerlyver Kescows consistent with the attested language. If you spot inconsistencies, please let me know, they may be unintentional.

 

Ian Jackson

 

 

From: Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> 
Sent: 01 April 2021 12:54
To: spellyans at kernowek.net; Neil Kennedy <keverango at yahoo.ie>; Ian Jackson <iacobianus at googlemail.com>; Kyle Odgers <kyleodgers at hotmail.com>
Subject: The Cornish name for 'Germany' in the Akademi dictionary

 

Under ‘Germany’ the dictionary of the Akademi Kernewek gives Almayn.

This is attested once:

 

yth egen yn cres almayn orth vn prys ly RD 2148-49.

 

Elsewhere, however, the country is known as Germany:

 

ran in Germany a levery, omma yma crist, omma yma an egglos TH 32

Merowgh inweth war germany, ha kemerogh examply anethy TH 49a 

the whelas myns a geffa a bagans in Germany BK 3231-32.

 

For phonetic clarity I would spell this word Jermany and would give it penultimate stress.

 

Since Germany is attested three times, whereas Almayn occurs once only, Germany ought to be included in the dictionary of the Akademi. It should not have been omitted.

 

Nicholas Williams 

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