[Spellyans] 'who' in Cornish
craig at agantavas.org
Mon Jul 18 11:54:15 BST 2011
And (dare I be naughty?) - hw in Old English.
On 18 Gor 2011, at 11:50, Eddie Climo wrote:
> On 2011 Gor 18, at 10:15, nicholas williams wrote:
>> …Cornish pyw, W. pwy and Bret. piv are from IE *kwei, *kweis, cf.
>> Irish cia 'who?' and Latin quis.
> This reminds me of an interesting observation: the interrogative/
> relative words like who, where, what, why, where tend more or less
> to follow a pattern. For fun, I've extended the list with the help
> of Google Translate:
> wh- in English,
> w- in German and Dutch,
> hv- in Norwegian, Icelandic and Danish,
> qu- in Latin, Spanish and French,
> p- in p-Celtic (Cornish, Welsh, Breton) and Greek,
> c- in q-Celtic (Irish, Scots and Manx Gaelic),
> k- in Latvian and Lithuanian,
> m- in Finnish and Hungarian, as well as (surprisingly) Arabic and
> By contrast, Maltese and Swahili seem to show no pattern,
> understandable perhaps given their heterogeneous roots.
> Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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