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by factotum
Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: “Skeul an Tavas” -- Corslyver rag Skeul an Yethow dyllys gans Agan Tavas ha gans Evertype
Replies: 185
Views: 7948

<t>A 'graph' is a specific letterform, for instance the realisation of the letter 'a' in a particular font. Or indeed a particular written or printed example of the letter 'a', no two of which outside the digital realm will ever be exactly identical. However all versions of the 'letter a' in the Rom...
by factotum
Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

Actually in profile it does look a bit like a mergansa ... but in fact, of course ...


by factotum
Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:44 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

<t>We do, repeatedly, but it does no good, we're up against ignorance and prejudice, bordering on fanaticism.<br/> To quote the hand-out that went to Kowethas members some time ago, after the SWF was finalised :<br/> Nicholas Williams seems to think that his ideas on Cornish phonology are the truth....
by factotum
Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: “Skeul an Tavas” -- Corslyver rag Skeul an Yethow dyllys gans Agan Tavas ha gans Evertype
Replies: 185
Views: 7948

<t>"The graphs [sic] (leg. graphemes) ... are offered ..." Oh, how generous. Let us all kneel and give heartfelt thanks, three times daily, facing Dún na nGall, for the boundless bounty of Evertype. As if! As if he had any power to give or to withhold choices to us. Who the devil does this man think...
by factotum
Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:04 am
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

<t>Mike @ Soweth ny dal mann postya omma, ha gwell via genev moz dhe wari kyn diwedh an hav-ma (py hav, my a glyw ).<br/> Di-hanow? Mir orth an edhen, pandr'a welir? (Hag ass yw lymm y elvin!)<br/> Edit : Marth a'm beus, unnek post ha "regular" ov vy. Y'n keth maner, unnek lavarow Kernewek y'th kov ...
by factotum
Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:46 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

I hope that everything I've said is independently verifiable. If not please point it out to me. Which of my statements do you disagree with? Where is your evidence?
Chris, whoever you may be, we're up against this sort of thing all the time.

by factotum
Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

<r>Chris @ Good of you to take an interest in our "little local difficulty" <E>;-)</E><br/> While you're not yet quite up to speed on all the details, your general approach is I think correct. This of course is exactly how many of us imagined the Commission of Linguists would go about their work. Lo...
by factotum
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: “Skeul an Tavas” -- Corslyver rag Skeul an Yethow dyllys gans Agan Tavas ha gans Evertype
Replies: 185
Views: 7948

<t>The name "Agan Tavas" is the proper name of an organisation. As such they are entitled to spell it however they wish, and it should be honoured by others. The spelling system its embedded in is really beside the point. The confusion of "Skeul an Taves" (Main Form) being published by "Agan Tavas" ...
by factotum
Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:46 am
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: “Skeul an Tavas” -- Corslyver rag Skeul an Yethow dyllys gans Agan Tavas ha gans Evertype
Replies: 185
Views: 7948

<t>Thank you for your detailed reply.<br/> Your last example is really rather curious. You appear to object to KK 's morphophonemic approach, but to distinguish the final vowel of tiek > tiak on the basis of it's alternation with o in tiogyon > tiogyan, is harking back to a distinction which vanishe...
by factotum
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:54 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: “Skeul an Tavas” -- Corslyver rag Skeul an Yethow dyllys gans Agan Tavas ha gans Evertype
Replies: 185
Views: 7948

<t>Thank you for that information. I fear the image given to outsiders will be that the revival is splitting into smaller and smaller factions, the exact opposite of what the Process was supposed to achieve.<br/> There are a number of words which had alternative forms in traditional Cornish, sometim...
by factotum
Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: “Skeul an Tavas” -- Corslyver rag Skeul an Yethow dyllys gans Agan Tavas ha gans Evertype
Replies: 185
Views: 7948

<t>Truru has posted a useful vocab of Main Form and Late varients of the SWF on his site, taken from the official report. This lists the main form of the word 'tongue' as taves and the late varient as tavas (which is correct historically). Which forms precisely then does SAT make use of. Perhaps the...
by factotum
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: LC
Replies: 14
Views: 449

<t>I think if you look at Lhuyd, and the native writers you'll find that in absolute final stressed syllables /-'i#/ > [-@j] while /-'I#/ > [-i:] (or perhaps [-I:]). When unstressed, including I think in phrases like my a vynn etc. the /I/ had become LC /e/, this seems to have already happened, at l...
by factotum
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:37 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

<t>If you don't agree then the burden falls upon you to demonstrate how several important contrasts apparently vanished from Middle Cornish only to reappear in Late Cornish. Especially in Lhuyd, whom you assure us actually transcribed native speech. <br/> In fact the contrasts don't vanish entirely,...
by factotum
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

<t>Pokorny @ I stand corrected.<br/> However the Late attestations are the tie-breaker here.<br/> The use of e to spell first /I/ and then /i/ and even /y/ when stressed and half-long in polysyllables, seems to have become more frequent in MC with time. The reason for this is that Middle English of ...
by factotum
Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Vearing away from mutual destruction!
Replies: 185
Views: 2540

<t>Some facts, which can be independently verified.<br/> 1. There was sometimes confusion between Latin /u/ and /i/ before labials. In the case of numerus this gave Welsh nifer, Breton niver, it is therefore reasonable to assume that this word was also /niver/ in Middle Cornish, unless there is some...