[Spellyans] Cornish on Government website
njawilliams at gmail.com
Sun Dec 28 13:32:02 GMT 2008
There are three problems confronting the revival, now that the
question of orthography has been settled for the time being:
1. there are no native speakers and not enough fluent speakers
2. there are not enough children being taught to speak Cornish
3. there is far too much indifferent, bad and indeed very bad Cornish
The solution to 3. is for all speakers to read traditional Cornish
Unfortunately many find the traditional orthography intimidating and
the language of the traditional texts too difficult. Moreover they have
been taught, for example, that the Cornish for 'money] is arhans (not
the correct mona);
for 'animal' is mil (not the correct best), for 'face' is enep (not
the correct fas/fâss)
and that the Cornish for 'houses' is *chiow (not the correct treven)
and for 'things'
is *traow (not the correct taclow). And yn kever is so often wrongly
used with a noun
to mean 'about' by so many people and indeed Brown's grammar approves
of this misuse.
All these errors (and they are errors) can be blamed on Nance. But it
is time to correct them.
We need to think seriously about providing KS versions of everything
from the Charter Fragment to Nebbaz Gerriau.
Although he insisted on using KK the late Ray Edwards was aware that
of revived Cornish was without warrant in the texts. See his Notennow
On 28 Dec 2008, at 10:06, Ray Chubb wrote:
> Surely it is not unreasonable to expect only the very best Cornish
> from the Council.
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