[Spellyans] Multiple adjectives after feminine nouns

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Sun Mar 15 09:31:28 GMT 2009

Could it be that Cornish doesn't have this construction, which is  
based upon English?  Might it not instead say something like: Buwgh,  
gwydn ha da yw hy.


On 14 Mer 2009, at 20:28, nicholas williams wrote:

> I learnt this from Caradar and followed him in Clappya Kernowek.
> I think I was mistaken.
> I cannot find any example in the texts.
> It probably comes about by misunderstanding Lhuyd's discussion
> at AB: 243c, where he says a prefixed adjective lenites its noun
> but not if the verb 'to be' intervenes:
> Bennen vraz but Braz yu an vennen na.
> If we write Buwgh wydn dâ we are effectively saying Buwgh dâ, which
> cannot be right.
> In Cornish fest onen deg 'a really pretty one' occurs
> and yet onen is masculine. This is because the feminine
> lenition is carried over from the implied feminine noun (benen)
> which is not mentioned.
> By how much the more should
> Buwgh wydn dhâ contain double lenition
> (as in the other Celtic languages).
> Nicholas
> On 14 Mar 2009, at 14:42, Michael Everson wrote:
>> The question is, where did Caradar get this rule? Is this behaviour  
>> (which differs from other Celtic languages) attested? it would seem  
>> to me that if it is attested, it should be easy to find in the  
>> corpus. If it can't be... shouldn't this rule be revised?
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