[Spellyans] Collated SWF Review Issues 4.) & 5.)

Chris Parkinson brynbow at btinternet.com
Tue Apr 30 11:27:05 BST 2013

Dan, it’s in his Practical dictionary of Cornish, followed by the abbreviation MMS



From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Daniel Prohaska
Sent: 30 April 2013 11:10
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Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Collated SWF Review Issues 4.) & 5.)


Jan, Michael, 


‹curun› 'crown' is indeed a bit of a problematic word, as we cannot say for certain how it was pronounced in Cornish. Here are the attestations I could fin:


curun (VC), curyn (PC, RD, TH, JK), guryn (PC, RD, TH), curen (BM), cvryñ (BK), cvryn (BK), keeren (H), ᵹẏryn (Lh) corun (Pr); 


cf. MB curun, B kurun; W corun, coron; < L corōnā;  


I can't find Gendall's ‹kîran› anywhere but it looks as though he bases it on Hawk's ‹keeren›. 





On Apr 30, 2013, at 11:13 AM, Michael Everson wrote:

On 30 Apr 2013, at 08:19, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com> wrote:

"crown"  is a good example of the problem. The SWF dictionary gives curun;kurun giving no indication that the two [u]s are different. Dick has kîran giving a much better pronunciation guide. I don’t know what KS does.

cùrun [ˈkʊɾən] or more narrowly [ˈkʊɾᵻn] 

Lhuyd writes ‹tan ᵹẏryn› [tən ˈɡərɪn]

I would read ‹kîran› as [ˈkiːrən] and would treat this as a (?rather) late metathesized form /ˈkʊɾᵻn/ > /ˈkᵻɾʊn/. The texts give mostly ‹curun› amd ‹curyn› I believe.


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