[Spellyans] Abbreviating Ordinal Numbers

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Wed Mar 25 11:40:24 GMT 2009

I’ve often seen forms like 

1a         kensa

2a         nessa 

3a         tryja

4a         peswara 

5ves      pympves 

6ves      wheghves

7ves      sethves

8ves      ethves

9ves      nawves

10ves    degves

11ves    unnegves etc.

20ves    ugensves

21a       kensa warn ugens etc.




From: ajtrim at msn.com
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:39 PM


I have been looking at ways to represent abbreviated ordinal numbers, in
dates for example. Nicholas in Clappya Kernowek gives éthves warn ügans as
28es. That is, the ordinal ending is attached to the number. Wella Brown, on
the other hand, in A Grammar of Modern Cornish gives ethves warn ugans as
28ans. That is, the ending of the final element of the ordinal number is
attached to the number. Which, if either, is correct?


In Beunans Meryasek, line 2072, we find han gela veth mys est certen orth ov
deser an viijth deth. This appears to be attaching -th, as in English 8th.
Is this seen more generally?



Andrew J. Trim  

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