[Spellyans] definite and indefinite
eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Mar 28 18:37:01 GMT 2014
The phrase could be glossed, "Steren, Cornwall's dog," in which case there might well only be one of them, or, at least, perhaps only one at a time. However, consider "Jamys, Myghtern Breten." Clearly we'd expect only one at a time, but the kingdom has had a whole string of them (including one known affectionately in Ireland as 'Jamys an Caugh', or the equivalent in Gaeilge).
But the phrase could also be glossed as "Steren, a dog of Cornwall," in which case there could be whole packs of the brutes stravaiging aroung. Consider "Jowan, tryger Truru"—I bet there's loads of them in the city!
Which way you interpreted any of these would surely depend upon context to determine what made sense.
On 28 Mar 2014, at 18:12, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
> On 28 Mar 2014, at 16:48, Philip Newton <philip.newton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What about: STERENN, KOLIN KERNOW ?
> If there were only one...
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