[Spellyans] Cornish for 'Ireland'

Clive Baker clive.baker at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 10:41:02 BST 2016

In support of that, when I was first learning Cornish,(it seems millennia
ago now) I was fortunate to possess both the 1934 and 1952 editions of
Nance's dictionary, and I queried that very same question of my then great
tutor, and now unfortunately deceased Leonard Orm...his reply was that
Nance must have discovered something new in the meantime.
We now know that to be wrong of course, and I must agree with Nicholas.

On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 3:03 PM, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>

> I have been criticised for calling Ireland *Wordhen* in Cornish, since
> Nance’s 1952 gives **Ywerdhon* only.
> The only attested forms are *Worthen* in Tonkin and *Uordhyn* in Lhuyd.
> Under Ireland in his 1938 Cornish-English dictionary Nance gives
> *Ywerdhon*, Wordhen and he says ’the y is obscure but need not be lost’.
> What exactly does that mean? Nance had no evidence at all for initial y in
> this name in Cornish at any period. The rounding of the stressed e > o
> suggests that the Cornish name was phonetically not as close to Welsh
> *Iwerddon* as Nance wished.
> In his first English-Cornish dictionary, however, under Ireland Nance
> gives *Wordhen* only.
> It seems that between I934 and 1952 Nance’s Celtic purism increased.
> Nicholas
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