[Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Thu Sep 11 08:57:29 BST 2008

Both *Kernewek and *Kernowek are unattested and merely conjectural
reconstructions. Morton Nance's 'Kernewek' is derived from Robert
Williams's Lexicon s.v. Cernewek, which Williams, in turn derived from
the Welsh. What is wrong with writing the attested form 'Cornowok'?Jon

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "nicholas williams"
  To: "Standard Cornish discussion list"
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms
  Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:00:10 +0100

  What you say may be true, but the expected form is *Kernewek <
  *Kornowika with i-affection of the ow > ew. 

  On 10 Sep 2008, at 17:41, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

    No, I don’t think this is the case. Notice that Lhuyd gives the
    pronunciation kloüaz and toula with <ou> and not with <û>. He
    gives Kernûak, which means it goes with the words with original
    <ow>, like lowen and Jowan. Hence Kernowek is the correct word
    form and it cannot e assumed that *Kernewek was ever correct for
    any time period, even before the shift from ew to ow.Dan


    From: nicholas williams
    Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:44 PM

    Surely Kernowek (Cornowok 1572) is a development of *Kernowek by
    the rule stressed ew > ow in disyllables and polysyllables; cf.
    clowes, towlel, etc.This development appears early in written
    Cornish, cf. Ihesus crist leun a bete a leueris zen dowzek PA
    49a. Nicholas  On 9 Sep 2008, at 09:46, Michael Everson wrote:

    and Breton Kerneveg, but a new formation based on Kernow + -ek.
    It seems the consistent SWF spelling ought to be Kernowek with an
    earlier pronunciation [kEr”nOUwEk] and a later [k at r”nu:@k]
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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