j.mills at email.com
Mon Apr 28 12:24:53 BST 2014
According to George (GKK 1993), /Aberfal/ is a neologism that originated with Julian Holmes. /Aber/ is found in the /Vocabularium Cornicum/ and Lhuyd (1707: 4b) gives "† aber". The dagger symbol indicates that Lhuyd got this word from the /Vocabularium Cornicum/. Lhuyd writes that /aber/ is "now disus'd by the Cornish, but still understood by the Welsh." Since not all the glosses in the /Vocabularium/ are Cornish (see my recent paper in /Zeitschrift für Celtische Philologie/), it is not safe to assume that /aber/ even existed in Old Cornish.
Ol an gwella,
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From: Nicholas Williams
Sent: 04/28/14 11:33 AM
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: [Spellyans] Falmouth
I was listening a Cornish broadcast recently and heard the placename Aberfala for Falmouth.
This isn't attested in traditional Cornish as far as one can see.
The attested names are
1 *Falmeth* (rag ma dro da deux mill Hosket whath in *Falmeth*, Oliver Pender to William Gwavas, August 1711) or
2 *Arwennak*/ *Arwednak* (an enys hag *arwennek* OM 2592; Ha an Castel Broas es en *or Widnack*; James Harry 1705).
Compare Arwennack Street in Falmouth itself.
My preference is for Arwennak/Arwednak.
Where does Aberfala originate? According to Padel there is no evidence that the element aber 'estuary, river mouth' was ever attested in Cornish.
Dr. Jon Mills,
University of Kent
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