[Spellyans] "become" with nouns

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Thu Oct 30 17:16:36 GMT 2008

The rule that following verbs are expressed by the verbal noun after  
the first inflected verb is not observed in Tregear or later Cornish:

Jhesus angorrybys hag a leverys thotha, in delma TH 20a
Eff a rug anella war y abosteleth hag a leveris TH 36
ha in tyrmyn na eff a gemeras bara in y thewla, hag a leueris grace,  
haga rug y dyrry han ros thy disciplis, haga leuerris Kemerogh,  
debbrogh TH 52
ha ev a gyzyuaz, ha e glywaz an manah laveral JCH
Hi a gomeras Radn an Haze anothe, ha rooge debre; ha a Rowze radne tha  
e Goore goshe Rowe

It is by no means universal in Middle Cornish either:

my a'th worth gans ol ov nel
y'm colon pur trewysy
hag a offryn thy's whare
warbarth ol ov gvyr thege OM 510-13

thotho eff agen gelwys
ha thynny a comondyas
doys oll dotho the amma BM 4428-30.

I prefer in prose to inflect all verbs.


On 30 Oct 2008, at 16:42, <ajtrim at msn.com> <ajtrim at msn.com> wrote:

> In the case of your example,  i.e. "He was a very likeable young man  
> and became our friend." the verb after "and" need not be inflected  
> if the "becoming" was contemporaneous with the "likeability" as the  
> subject is the same. As I understand it, it should be inflected if  
> the "becoming" was some time later.

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