[Spellyans] A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Wed Jan 28 22:38:08 GMT 2009

Evertype is pleased to announce the publication of A Concise  
Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names by Craig Weatherhill.

Many people first take an interest in the Cornish language because  
they are curious to learn more about the distinctive and fascinating  
place names of Cornwall.

The key to understanding the meaning of these place-names is language.  
Most derive from the Cornish language primarily, but many of them have  
their roots in Old English, Middle English, French, and other  
languages which have left their mark on Cornwall. Through the tireless  
and exacting work of place-name specialists, the secrets of Cornish  
place-names are being unlocked for everyone. This dictionary offers in  
a concise format more than 3,300 place-names. It is the fruit of Craig  
Weatherhill’s many years of research, not only of the meaning of the  
names themselves, but of considering the question of how best to  
represent those names in Revived Cornish. The recommendations in this  
dictio nary preserve the authentic and attested linguistic forms while  
at the same time honouring the traditional orthographic forms which  
have been visible on the Cornish landscape for at least four centuries.

The orthography used in this dictionary is compatible with the  
Standard Written Form (SWF), adopted by the Cornish Language  
Partnership for educational and official use. It is also compatible  
with Kernowek Standard (KS), a practical orthography which informed  
the development of the SWF. In turn, KS has been modified in light of  
the published SWF specifi ca tion, while adopting a few emendations to  
make the ortho graphy more consistent and more like the spelling of  
traditional Cornish.

Copies may be obtained from Amazon.com, from Amazon.co.uk, from Spyrys  
a Gernow (e-mail shoppa @ spyrys.org). Copies will also be available  
at the Seminar being held by Maga at Lostwithiel on 31st January 2009.  
Published by Evertype, ISBN 978-1-904808-22-0. RRP £8.95.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com

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