[Spellyans] 'flood'

Ray Chubb ray at spyrys.org
Wed Mar 11 12:06:16 GMT 2009

I note that Richard Gendall has 'lywe' in his dictionary.

I think that this has to be one of those words that will be different  
depending on whether you prefer middle or late Cornish.

On 11 Mer 2009, at 10:56, Nicholas Williams wrote:

> The word for 'flood' is attested 7 times as <lyf> in OM.
> In CW however the word appears as <lyw> twice and as <lywe> four  
> times.
> Moreover Tregear writes <lew Noye> 'Noah's flood' at TH 7.
> We thus have <lyf> x 7 and <lyw(e), lew> x 8.
> In KS we should allow both forms. <lyf> however must be respelt with
> <i> rather than <y> and with final <v>. This means that the attested
> lyf will appear as <liv>. I prefer to use <lyw>, which requires no
> respelling. It may, however, be taken for lyw 'colour'.
> What do others think?
> Nicholas
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Ray Chubb


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