[Spellyans] The Cornish for 'who?'

Clive Baker clive.baker at gmail.com
Wed Apr 7 12:45:04 BST 2021


It ALMOST seems Nicholas, as if they search for any combination of letters
that hasn't been used and pick that as their standard...and I find it
utterly annoying and a tragic waste of taxpayers money...Akademi my arse

On Wed, 7 Apr 2021 at 12:35, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>
wrote:

> *T*he Cornish for ‘who?’ is *pyw*, *pew*. Here are as many attested forms
> as I have been able to find in the traditional texts (I ignore
> capitalization):
>
> *pyv *
> PA 190d, OM 1874, PC 771, 798, 1116, 1380, 1384, 2853, RD 262, 1640, 2383,
> 2467, 2511, 2547, BM 307, 775, 1791, 1977, 2691, 2708, 2714, 2869, 3301,
> 3463, 3678, 3719, 4039
>
> *pyw*
> OM 261, 1368, 2339, PC 320, 1109, RD 196, 410, 589, 2499, CW 872
>
> *pew*
> TH 7, 11, 28a x2, 36, 43a x2, 57, SA 59 x2, BK 100, 209, 214, 1998, 2068,
> CW 548, 1462, 1593, 2346, Pryce: F f 4 verso.
>
> *pu*
> PA 81d, 160c, 253d, *Revue Celtique* 23: 179.
>
>
> The spelling <pu> found in both PA and Rowe (*Revue Celtique* 23: 179)
> and is comparable with <du> ‘god, God.’ The only Cornish forms with <i> are
> found in Lhuyd in his semi-phonetic spelling. He writes *piu** a uor? *‘who
> knows?’ and *piu** a’ryg an bad-ober?* ‘who comitted the crime?’ (with a
> dot under the u) but he also writes *peu** a’ryg an bad-ober? *(AB: 352a).
> The online dictionary of the Akademi Kernewek under ‘who’ gives *piw* — a
> form which is attested nowhere in traditional Cornish.
> Why are learners offered a spelling which is without warrant in any
> traditional Cornish text?
>
> Nicholas Williams
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