[Spellyans] fleece

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Thu Nov 26 15:03:13 GMT 2009

From: nicholas williams
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 5:52 PM


"As far as I can see, there are three forms in Cornish alternate final -w
with internal -v- or -f-.

The first is "fleece", which is spelt <knew> by Tregear. The verb knyvya 'to
shear', however, he spells <knevys> in the verbal adjective: kepar hag one
ledys then folde the vos knevys y knew the veis  'like a lamb led to the
fold to have his fleece shorn away' TH 23."


Is it possible that the y in knyvyas is from secondary i-mutation because of
the -yas ending of the verbal noun? 



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