[Spellyans] Abbreviating Ordinal Numbers

Craig Weatherhill weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Wed Mar 25 11:50:46 GMT 2009

I tend to use -a, -d (for secund, as nessa is only weakly attested as  
meaning 'second"), and -es.


On 25 Mer 2009, at 11:40, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

> 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.
> Dan
> 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 inClappya 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 as28ans. 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?
> Regards,
> Andrew J. Trim
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