[Spellyans] tavas

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Tue May 14 19:42:54 BST 2013

You would if you'd heard old men in West Cornish pubs 25-30 years ago.  Sentences with heavy stress on some words and fired out like bullets.  Almost like an argument.  I remain convinced that this manner of speech, and at least some of the unique vowel sounds were locally transferred from Cornish into English - the reason being that you simply don't hear it anywhere else (and, sadly, hardly at all now).

Chris Blount (ex-Radio Cornwall when it still had some connection with Cornwall) has tapes that he recorded in the 80s in the Radgel Inn, Pendeen, on which you can still hear this in all its glory.


On 2013 Me 14, at 19:25, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 14 May 2013, at 19:12, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
>> Mushier?  How about "lively and manly spoken" (Scawen)?  (Although also, "softer in sound than the Welsh" [Carew]).
> Softer would be the non-staccato mushiness. ;-)
> Lively might be intonation, which is lively enough in Cornish English. Heavens know how anyone would interpret "manly" though.
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