[Spellyans] Cornish for 'England'

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 13:05:25 BST 2021


The online dictionary of the Akademi Kernewek is becoming less and less authentic daily. 
There was a time when s.v. England they gave three possibilities: Ynglond, Pow Sows and Pow an Sowson. 
Now, however, they give only one: Pow Sows.

Ynglond is attested three times in Traditional Cornish:

lymmyn the drelya the gen pow ny a ynglonde, hemma a yll bos lell cowsys TH 50a-51
nynses onyn an gevas mar ver cawse the favera an sea han stall a rom dell gevas englond TH 51
ha y fe danvenys omma the Englond an moyba notabill ha auncyent tus dyskys rag progath TH 51.

Pow an Sowson is given by Lhuyd in Archaeologia Britannica page 42:




The one form now allowed by the Akademi dictionary is Pow Sows which is not attested anywhere.

The Akademi dictionary uses an inauthentic and ambiguous orthography. Now it seems to be
recommending to Cornish users an invented vocabulary as well. 

Can anything be done to stop this unscholarly approach?

Nicholas Williams
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