[Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms

ajtrim at msn.com ajtrim at msn.com
Wed Sep 17 17:32:19 BST 2008

Maybe, the /@s/ ~ /@ns/ alternation was not spontaneous. Could this indicate that the final unstressed vowel was nasalised in these words?


Andrew J. Trim

From: Daniel Prohaska 
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 1:46 PM
To: 'Standard Cornish discussion list' 
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] SWF questionable wordforms

Maybe. Quite possible. Maybe these are just spontaneous alternations of noun suffixes that for the native speakers of the time would have been /@s/ or /@ns/.




From: nicholas williams
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 12:47 PM

Notice also mar myn ov descans servya BM 524.


I wonder whether dyscas, descas is not simply a variant of descans; cf. mernes for mernans 'death', and bewnes, bewnas, bownas, bounas for bewnans 'life'.





On 17 Sep 2008, at 10:27, Jon Mills wrote:

In the case of 'dyskas', we have no plural attested.

Pascon agan Arluth: dyskas
Ordinalia: deskes; dyskes; thescas; thyskes; tyskes

However, one might posit a plural, '*descosow'.



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