[Spellyans] "For ever" in Cornish

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 11:44:01 BST 2008

In Unified Cornish the recommended spelling is bys vyken 'for ever'.
As far as I can see <bys vyken> is nowhere attested. Neither is <bys  
bys vycken is attested x 3, bys vyckan x 1.
The commonest spelling is bys vickan which occurs x 5.

Curiously bys vycken in any spelling is less common than bys vynary.
This is attested as bys vynary x 4, bys venary x 8, bys venarye x 2,  
bys venari x 2.

By far the commonest way of saying 'for ever' is
rag nefra x 3, rag neffra x 16, rag nevera x 2, rag nevra x 1, rag  
neverah x 1.

Bys vynytha seems to occur twice. Trank hep worfen/gorfen is also  
attested twice.

Kernow Bys Vyken should perhaps be Kernow Bys Vycken, Kernow Bys  
Vynary/Venary or possibly
Kernow Rag Nefra.

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