[Spellyans] 'Book' in the Akademi dictionary

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Mon Apr 5 13:43:15 BST 2021

My argument is not “specious”. The Academy’s dictionary is not a dictionary of traditional Cornish, but of Revived Cornish. It tries to accommodate the variation that exists and has developed in Revived Cornish. The question of whether the vowel that was more frequently written ‹y› or ‹i› until roughly the mid- to late 16th century was in free variation with what was written ‹e› is irrelevant to the SWF. What is relevant is what KK and UC and MC standardised and what rules apply to arrive at the SWF spellings. 

> On 05.04.2021, at 14:28, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Nicholas
>> On 5 Apr 2021, at 13:17, Daniel Prohaska <daniel at ryan-prohaska.com <mailto: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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