[Spellyans] 'Book' in the Akademi dictionary

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Apr 5 13:28:52 BST 2021

Your argument is specious. “don’t so much refer” indeed! The short vowels e and i <i> are in free variation from the Middle Cornish period onwards. 
Far from being useful these tags give a misleading picture.


> On 5 Apr 2021, at 13:17, Daniel Prohaska <daniel at ryan-prohaska.com> wrote:
> The tags ‹M› and ‹L› in the Academy’s dictionary don’t so much refer to traditional “Middle” or “Late” Cornish, but rather what has been standardised usage in the various flavours of Revived Cornish. There is little issue with the statement that orthographies such as Unified Cornish and Common Cornish are largely based on Middle Cornish and that Gendall’s Modern Cornish is largely based on Late Cornish. Unified and Common Cornish spell ‹lyver› and Modern Cornish spells ‹levar›. The SWF accommodates both traditions by allowing ‹lyver› and ‹lever›, and for those less familiar with the history of both traditional and revived Cornish these tags are helpful in sorting out which particular style to aim for. 

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