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                <p>vb run / trot</p>
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                    <p>'pɤnja</p>
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                    <p>'pʊnjɐ</p>
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        If this is correct, there is no 'o' as in standard English
        'donkey', here.<br>
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        Andrew J. Trim<br>
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    <div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 15/12/15 12:32, Craig Weatherhill
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      cite="mid:2CA46D1E-42D3-4305-B52A-5AF87A19E32D@agantavas.org"
      type="cite">But don't forget that Lhuyd was writing phonetically.
       It is common in Cornish speech to render short O as short U, e.g.
      "dunkey" (donkey).  This might well have been found more widely -
      how does one explain the Eng. pronunciation of "monkey", which at
      face value, ought to be pronounced as Eng. "donkey".
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      <div>Craig</div>
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          <div>On 2015 Kev 15, at 11:38, Nicholas Williams wrote:</div>
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                -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;" class="">The last
                instance of <i class="">ponya</i> before the
                seventeenth century seems to be Tregear ca 1555 who
                writes <i class="">lyas onyn a rug resak ha ponya in
                  stray</i> TH 30a. Lhuyd in <i class="">Archæologia
                  Britannica</i> (1707), however, writes the verbal noun
                of the verb ‘to run’ as <i class="">punnia</i> AB: 53b,
                <i class="">punnya</i> AB: 61c. In later Cornish
                therefore one might more accurately spell the stressed
                vowel as <u> rather than <o>.</div>
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                says:</div>
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                -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;" class="">Yth esof
                vy ow ponya — shift forward a few hundred years and you
                get Thero vy ow ponya.</div>
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                -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;" class="">I am not
                sure I can agree with her.</div>
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                -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;" class="">Setting
                aside the verbal noun for a moment, let us look the rest
                of the phrase.</div>
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                -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;" class="">In
                Sacrament an Alter (ca ?1570) we read:</div>
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                  class="">rag ne geran cregy nanyle regardia gerryow
                  Dew</i> ‘for we do not believe nor regard the words of
                God’. Notice both that the -s- of <i class="">eson</i>
                has been rhotacised and that the particle <i class="">ow</i>,
                <i class="">o</i> has been suppressed/omitted before
                both <i class="">cregy</i> ‘believe’ and <i class="">regardia</i>
                ‘regard’.</div>
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                -webkit-text-stroke-width: initial;" class="">Look then
                at the following quotations from the <i class="">Creation
                  of the World</i> (1611):</div>
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                  class="">mere yth esaf ow towtya</i> CW 1540</div>
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                class=""><i class="">yeth esaf ow tremena</i> CW 1696</div>
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                class=""><i class="">yth esaf ow pose gorthys</i> CW
                2125.</div>
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                class="">It seems, therefore, that <i class="">neg eran
                  cregy</i> from <i class="">ca</i> 1570 predates <i
                  class="">yth esaf ow towtya</i> from 1611. Jan’s
                remark ‘a few hundred years’ is difficult to sustain.</div>
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                class="">This is, I believe, an important point. Many of
                the alleged differences between Middle and Late Cornish
                are apparent rather than real and it is unwise to
                emphasise the distance between the two forms of the
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                  <div class="">On 13 Dec 2015, at 17:50, Nicholas
                    Williams <<a moz-do-not-send="true"
                      href="mailto:njawilliams@gmail.com" class="">njawilliams@gmail.com</a>>
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                      means 'I shall run'. 'I run' is best translated
                      Yth esof ow ponya.</span>
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                      indeed 'I shall run' is more idiomatically
                      rendered me a vydn ponya or</div>
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