[Spellyans] SWF review results.

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Mon Apr 7 12:27:32 BST 2014

I will have to disagree.   Textual Cornish is painfully limited.  Every scrap of Cornish written while the language remained a community tongue has to be considered and evaluated, and includes place-name records.  They simply can't be tossed aside as worthless, and ignored.

The Middle Cornish period, before visiting cartographers and travelling recorders like John Leland (1515), has place-name records which were, in all likelihood, written by Cornish scribes.  In my opinion, that makes them valuable textual evidence.  We cannot afford to pick, choose and discard at will.
We have no guarantee that all the scribes at Glasney were Cornish - there were many English churchmen here during that period.  We just assume that they were.  

For me, the motto of the Old Cornwall Societies must apply:  "Cuntellewgh an brewyon eus gesys na vo kellys travyth".  "Gather the fragments so that nothing be lost".  ALL the fragments.


On 2014 Ebr 7, at 00:14, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 6 Apr 2014, at 18:52, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
>> I've listed all the vowels used historically, in place-names containing the elements <goon>, <loos> and <coos>, written before the demise of textual Cornish in 1776.
> Unless found in context in texts **in the Cornish language**, place-name orthography cannot be said to be part of the Cornish scribal tradition which is the foundation of our orthography. 
> I have said this many times. And exactly the same thing can be said for recorded place-names in Ireland. Every one of them regardless of orthography is important, but a great many of them are recorded in context in texts **in the English language** and therefore the orthography they are written in cannot be siad to be part of the Irish scribal tradition which is the foundation of Irish orthography. 
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