[Spellyans] A breakdown of Cornish vocabulary.

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Sat Aug 25 16:11:10 BST 2018

That is not my point, Michael.  It's the origin of words that I'm after to counter these bigotted arguments on social media.  I fully understand that all languages (not just Celtic ones and English) contain loanwords, but loanwords should be identified for what they are.  Loanwords.


On 2018 Est 25, at 12:56, Michael Everson wrote:

> Every loanword in Cornish is still Cornish. 
> No insular Celtic language is free from loanwords from Latin, from French, and from English. 
>> On 25 Aug 2018, at 10:33, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
>> Has anyone ever carried out a breakdown of the vocabulary of Cornish to determine the origins of each word?
>> I ask this after seeing the results of a study of English with concludes that the current language consists of:
>> 26% Germanic
>> 29% French
>> 29% Latin
>> 6% Greek
>> 10% Others
>> Or, as someone remarked:  "English is not as English as the English think it is!"
>> Although Cornish undeniably contains many loan words from other languages, I fancy that its Brythonic content will be rather higher than the surprisingly low Germanic content of modern English (I'd have estimated 40% Germanic), and might be a very good answer to those many people who persist in claiming that Cornish is "made up".
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