[Spellyans] tavas in early Middle Cornish

Daniel Prohaska daniel at ryan-prohaska.com
Wed Jul 13 17:19:52 BST 2011

Understood. And no trump involved since both <taves> and <tavas> are attested. 

From: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of nicholas williams
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 5:36 PM
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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] tavas in early Middle Cornish
Tavas in the englyn is, I believe, the earliest attestation. It rhymes with collas/gollas.
I refuse to speculate about what may or may not have existed. Since I write <tavas> I don't care.
Quite probably pronunciations varied. But speculative etymologies do not trump textual evidence.
Nor should they.
On 2011 Gor 13, at 16:01, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

So, let me rephrase, are you saying that a proposed */ˈtavɛz/ (cf. OM <taves>) did not (is unlikely to have) exist(ed)?
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