[Spellyans] lyw & lew

Dr Jon Mills j.mills at email.com
Fri Feb 11 13:08:47 GMT 2011

Further to my previous post, I note that in Old Cornish "leu" ('rudder') forms a minimal contrast pair with "liu" ('colour'), "color: liu" [Vocabularium Cornicum: 481].
Ol an gwella

Dr. Jon Mills, 
University of Kent

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The SWF gives LYW for 'rudder' and gives LEW for 'lion'. The attestations for these two items are as follows.
LYW: 'rudder', Old Cornish:  "clavus: leu pi obi" [Vocabularium Cornicum: 282];  Lhuyd (1707)  "lêụ" [48b]; "lêu" [16b]; "Lêụ gụrhal The rudder of a ship" [48b].
LEW: 'lion', Old Cornish:  "leo: leu" [Vocabularium Cornicum: 560]; Lhuyd (1707)  "lêụ" [241b]; "† lhêụ" [78a].
Given that the attestations for these two items are identical, should we not spell these words the same way, i.e. <lew>?
Note: I am aware that Middle Cornish does not attest LEW and instead uses "lyon".
Ol an gwella,

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