[Spellyans] Goat

Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Mon Apr 6 15:04:05 BST 2009

I do not think that we should adopt a form simply because certain revived forms of Cornish have spelled the item that way. Not all revived forms of Cornish spell this item <gavar>, as you know. Nor should we eschew a particular spelling simply because it is the one favoured by George. The only attested Middle Cornish form is <gaver>. If we spell this item any other way, we need good reasons for so doing. It is not sufficient to say, well that's what Nance and Jenner did. How do you think Middle Cornish <gaver> was pronounced? and how would spelling it with final <-ar> help to convey that pronunciation?

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Everson" <everson at evertype.com>
> To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Goat
> Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 13:57:01 +0100
> On 6 Apr 2009, at 13:10, Jon Mills wrote:
> > The attested Middle Cornish is <gaver>. Why would we want to change  that?
> Revived Cornish has had <gavar> from the beginning. Even Jenner has 
>   gavar, p, 80, and again p. 87 where we find davas/deves and 
> gavar/gever.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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Dr. Jon Mills,
School of European Culture and Languages,
University of Kent

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