[Spellyans] 'Cornish'

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Wed Nov 23 11:11:49 GMT 2011

Many thanks, Nicholas and Jon.  It's clear that there are very few  
attestations of Kernowek and that all but one refer to the language (I  
think what Bodinar is saying is that he never saw a book written in  
the Cornish language).  However, we do have that one use of the word  
as an adjective from Boson and I'm not too ready to dismiss it too  
easily.  I wish we had more references to go on.

In his book on Scilly, Charles Thomas mentions the Borough Accounts of  
St Ives 1523 making reference to a man listed as 'John Thomas,  
Sullouk', and suggests this could represent a word for Scillonian,  
*Syllowek, *Sullewek formed by imitating Kernowek.  Hence my question.


On 23 Du 2011, at 10:52, Jon Mills wrote:

> These are the citations that I have for Kernowek. Let me know if I  
> have missed any.
> m.
> • Cornish language
> "Cycely called Agnes Davey whore and whore bitch in English and not  
> in Cornowok"
> [Consistory Court 1572]
> "Me rig deskey Cornoack termen me vee mawe"
> 'I learned Cornish when I was a boy"
> [Bodinar]
> "ma mouy Sousenack clappiez dre eza Curnooack"
> 'there is more English spoken than Cornish'
> [Nicholas Boson (MS in Royal Institution of Cornwall)]
> "Elo why clapier Kernuack"
> 'Can you speak Cornish?'
> [Tonkin MSS B: 207.i]
> adj.
> • Cornish
> "na rig a vee biscath gwellas lever Cornoack"
> 'I never saw a Cornish book'
> [Bodinar]
> "En levra coth po vo Tour Babel gwres | Scriffas, Gomar mab Japhet  
> vo en Beas | Ha Dotha Tavaz Kornooack vo Res"
> 'Att building Babels Tower as Books dow tell | Did Gomar Grandson  
> vnto Noah dwell | To whom the Ancient Cornish Language ffell'
> [John Boson (1712) in Gwavas Collection ff.63, 7r]
> "Me ri marci dh'eu rag goz Neuodhou vorth an kenza Den Kernuak"
> 'I give thanks to you for your news about the first Cornish man'
> [John Boson to William Gwavas dated 5 April 1710:]
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Craig Weatherhill
>> Sent: 11/22/11 07:13 PM
>> To: spellyans at kernowek.net
>> Subject: [Spellyans] 'Cornish'
>> Is there any textual evidence of "Kernowek" being used to mean
>> 'Cornish', other than reference to the language?
>> Craig
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