[Spellyans] An SWF glossary & Unified versus SWF

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Tue Jun 8 16:55:07 BST 2010


Very good news re your Camborne group.

Are you able provide any information on the current status of unified in Kesva exams.   Is it still possible to take these exams in unified?   I have certificates for grades one to three - and took some fourth grade exams successfully.  Is it possible for me still to complete the course?

- Ken

Ken MacKinnon is now on Broadband  with new e-mail addresses:-

ken at ferintosh.org
and also at:-
ken.ferintosh at googlemail.com

My former e-mail addresses are no longer able to be used.

(Prof) Ken MacKinnon
Ivy Cottage, Ferintosh,
The Black Isle, by Dingwall,
Ross-shire  IV 7 8HX
Scotland  UK

Tel: 01349 - 863460

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ray Chubb 
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 4:29 PM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] An SWF glossary & Unified versus SWF

  The main purpose of the SWF was for schools and public life.  Therefore the main demand for SWF should be from local government officials and parents of school children.  In spite of the fact that the SWF has had a lot of publicity and the Partnership has appointed an education officer, (job share), demand for it at present has not materialised.  

  In fact the trad. graph version of Agan Tavas's course book is outselling the main graph version.

  In the Camborne class, a democratic society, we have voted to continue teaching Unified.  New students don't seem to mind this and they are not demanding SWF.  If they did perhaps we would change to SWF (t).

  We hope soon to be offering internally assessed exams under the Languages Ladder for Unified.  Once we are quit of Language Board exams we are free to correct some of the more serious faults with Unified and I hope that the Camborne group will vote in favour of making a few improvements.  Not as many as some people would like, no doubt.

  Unified should not be looked at from a totally linguistic point of view.  Nance's original aim of using an orthography based on historical Cornish at its zenith, simply standardising out some irregularities, is still a valid one and will remain an attractive one to future generations who have put some thought into which form of Cornish they are going to learn.  Therefore Christian's opinion that Unified will only last until the current users die out could well be mistaken.

  On 8 Efn 2010, at 06:59, A. J. Trim wrote:


    OK. No problem.


    Andrew J. Trim

    From: "Craig Weatherhill" <craig at agantavas.org>
    Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 9:47 PM
    To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
    Subject: Re: [Spellyans] An SWF glossary

      Chris, Andrew - can you hang on for a while - Michael has just type- set it but can't complete until he gets home from Austria.  With his  agreement (Michael?  Your thoughts please), I feel we should give it  out freely to members of the Spellyans list, but commercially  elsewhere.  MAGA can't be bothered to do this - they are gearing  everything to SWF/M, and sidelining SWF/T - and I really think we  should do something about that.

      The word list does include Late Cornish variants.

      Thanks for your patience.


      On 7 Efn 2010, at 21:30, Christian Semmens wrote:

        I would also like a copy, please.

        Thanks Craig.



  Ray Chubb



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