[Spellyans] kal revisited

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Sun Jan 4 05:19:30 GMT 2009

In place-names, <cal> is one of several "body-part" words used for  
topographic features (<bron> <tyn> and <tor> being other common  
examples).  It would signify a pointed hill or rock.  In Carrallack,  
St Just, (derived from ker + callek, lenited to gallek) the adjectival  
form is given and I think this might be the sole example of the  
adjective.  The name would mean something on the lines of: "fort by  
the penis-like feature" (undoubtedly the adjacent hill of Carn  
Bosavern which, seen from the west where Carrallack stands, has a very  
distinctive shape).


On 3 Gen 2009, at 22:41, nicholas williams wrote:

> Though three examples are from Lhuyd, one from Pryce may derive from  
> Lhuyd as may the example from JBoson.
> What does the element mean in placenames?
> Nicholas
> On 3 Jan 2009, at 22:15, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
>> at makes 28 historic examples of the word with no sign of <-gh>,
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Craig Weatherhill

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