[Spellyans] Introduction - new member

Herbie Blackburn kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com
Thu Dec 10 17:51:29 GMT 2009

Hello - my name is Kevin Blackburn, nickname Herbie.


Since about 1982 I have studied all Celtic languages, as an amateur,
compiling a Comparative Celtic Dictionary of all extant, modern and all
extinct forms of Celtic languages. It is a passion, and a consuming
interest, taking up a lot of my time, especially in the winter when the
weather curtails my other main interest of cycling. My interest in Celtic
languages covers all modern forms of living Celtic languages, historical
forms, and related translations from other languages which have a bearing on
or are influenced by Celtic. My bibliography for this study is pretty big,
being in excess of 150 major works, with many waiting in my library to be
added to this tally.


>From a very early point in this growing study I had an affinity for Cornish,
and quickly acquired materials such as the 1978 edition of R Morton Nance's
E-C - C-E dictionary, Cornish for Beginners (Pool - 1979), A Concise guide
to Cornish (Ken George), Lyver Lavarow Kernewek (Bice 1987) - from the
Cornish Language Board; and copies of Jenkin's Cornwall and It's People,
Carew's Survey of Cornwall, and many other incidental Cornish works. This
lead me into some valuable and interesting correspondences (before the days
of email and the internet) with the likes of: Wella Brown (1989),  'Cowetha'
(1989), John Robert King / 'Jowan Byghan'; and later via email: Matthew
Spriggs, Marion Gunn, Michael Everson, Andrew Climo, Nicholas Williams and
Ray Chubb - all of whom have been a great help to me in shaping my studies
and the form of my Comparative Celtic Dictionary, and a great encouragement
of my interest. 


More recently I have followed with interest, and not a little dismay, the
debates on the proposed written form of modern Cornish. I was starting to
think written Cornish would be an ever moving target, which of course all
living languages are to some degree, but in a far from productive way. Now
reviewing where Cornish is today, I look on with some excitement, hoping to
witness a final resolution to the recent flux and being able to study a
written form of modern Cornish with some greater certainty. Hence my
interest in this discussion group, and machinations of driving out the form
of Kernowak.


I look forward to the discussions and progress that this group represents,






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