[Spellyans] The Cornish for 'cousin'

Janice Lobb janicelobb at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 13:44:26 BST 2014

I'll be happy to use <cosyn> for males and females - or does <cosynes>

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>

> English cousin derives ultimately from Latin consobrinus/consobrina <
> *kom-swesrin- 'offspring of two sisters'.
> Pryce's HANDERU is slightly curious in phonology. Borlase gives Kendereu
> A. Is this for Kendereu A[r], i.e. Breton? This is kenderv in modern
> orthography.
> If it is genuine Cornish, the final -eu certainly looks like Old Cornish.
> The reason I posted anything on 'cousin' was that I have just translated a
> well-known English novel into Cornish,
> in which the word cousin occurs frequently; both for males and females.
> I have used cosyn, cosyns throughout.
> Nicholas
> On 22 Jul 2014, at 11:23, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com> wrote:
> <Cosyn> is certainly easier to remember, but which is older, <kenderow> or
> <cosyn>? Is there some link to Latin <consobrinus/consobrina>?
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