[Spellyans] in our, in your, in their

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Thu Oct 4 11:40:28 BST 2012

On 4 Oct 2012, at 11:30, Ray Chubb wrote:

> Would speakers really take the trouble to use these extended forms in rapid speech?

If they are well-attested in the corpus one may assume that speakers of Cornish used them. The question is, is there warrant for the abbreviated forms?

On 4 Hed 2012, at 10:25, Nicholas Williams wrote:

> We all learnt from Nance that 'in our, in your, in their'  in Cornish are
> y'gan
> y'gas
> y'ga.
> The curious thing is this. Y'gan, i'gan does not seem to be attested. In agan on the other hand is attested 30 times. And yn agan occurs twice.
> I am unable to find any example at all of y'gas, i'gas but yn agas x 5, in agys x 5, yn ages x 2.
> Y'ga is found once as yge at RD 886. Yn aga, in aga on the other hand occur x 24.

Is the RD form short for the purposes of metre?

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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