[Spellyans] 'flood'

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 13:49:58 GMT 2009

But it is not likely that CW lyw/lywe and Tregear's lew both had [v].
I believe the final segment was [w]. Cf. Lhuyd's kuniviaz 'to shear'
and Tregear's
the vos knevys y knew the veis 'to have his fleece shorn off' TH 23.
Here the verb is knevyas, knevys but the noun is knew.
A further instance is Lhuyds kynyphan 'nut' but -knowek 'nutty' in toponyms.


On 3/11/09, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
> On 11 Mar 2009, at 13:09, Jon Mills wrote:
> > Middle Cornish <w> sometimes represents [v]. Given that we have
> attestations with final <-f>, I think we can assume that this word ends in
> [-v]. Incidentally, Lhuyd (1707: 54c) writes "Lyv". The pronunciation is
> [lɪv].
> >
>  I'd tend to prefer "lyv" to "liv" or "lyw" for this ord.
>  Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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