[Spellyans] "Landscape"

iacobianus at googlemail.com iacobianus at googlemail.com
Tue Apr 25 16:48:24 BST 2017

Dear Craig,


Second element gwëdh (trees) is the etymology given in the Gerlyver Meur (George, 2nd edition). The word also appears (as UCR tyrweth) in the Gerlyver Sawsnek-Kernowek (Williams, 2nd edition).


I think the explanation of tirwedh given by Dr George is a folk etymology. Why should trees form the basis for a word for landscape, as opposed to some other feature of the land, particularly having regard to the overall landscape of Cornwall today? In Welsh tirwedd (landscape) the second element -wedd is according to Geiriadur Pryfysgol Cymru gwedd (< Indo-European wid- as in video etc meaning ‘see’), so that I believe Cornish tirweth (SC spelling) really means ‘land-view’.


Cf agweth (phase, particularly of the moon) and corresponding Welsh agwedd.


Best regards,


Ian Jackson

From: Craig Weatherhill
Sent: ‎Tuesday‎, ‎25‎ ‎April‎ ‎2017 ‎16‎:‎08
To: spellyans at kernowek.net

We have <tirwedh> for "landscape".  How does the second element of this word (presumably <*gwedh>) translate into English?
I need opinions for the Penwith Landscape Partnership, please.

I note that <tirwel> is also in current use.  That of course, is rather simpler to unravel - <tir> + <gwel>, "prospect, view".


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