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Handbook of the Cornish Language

Author: Henry Jenner
Copyright: 1904

Description: 208 pages, + 14 page catalogue of Celtic literature. This is a must for all students of the Cornish language, a classic.

Henry Jenner is the man who could rightly be called the Father of Cornish Revival, Jenner undertook researches throughout Cornwall, interviewing people who still recalled the language. He also became fluent in Breton and was made a Bard in the Breton Gorsedd in 1901, this was the same year he created the first Celtic Cornish Society. In 1903 he delivered a speech in Cornish to a Breton audience and was astonished to find that much of his speech was understood! The following year he submitted Cornwall's application for membership in the Celtic Congress, not an easy task, as many claimed Cornwall was not Celtic. Jenner's case was powerful and Cornwall was accepted. The following year he produced this classic work.  

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE 

PART I

THE HISTORY OF THE CORNISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

I. THE STORY OF THE CORNI5H LANGUAGE 3

II. THE LITERATURE AND OTHER REMAINS OF CORNISH 24

PART II

THE GRAMMAR OF THE CORNISH LANGUAGE

INTRODUCTORY NOTE 49

I. SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION 54

II. THE INITIAL MUTATIONS 68

III. THE ARTICLE 73

IV. THE NOUN 75

V. THE ADJECTIVE 91

VI. THE NUMERALS 94

VII. THE PRONOUNS 98

VIII. THE VERB IN GENERAL 113

X. THE AUXILIARY VERBS 123

X. PARADIGM OF A REGULAR VERB 135

XI. THE IRREGULAR VERBS 142

XII. PREPOSITIONS, CONJUNCTIONS, AND ADVERBS 149

XIII. SWEAR-WORDS AND EXPLETIVES 154

XIV. CONSTRUCTION OF SENTENCES, IDIOMS, ETC. 
1. General, 158. 2. Negative and Interrogative
Sentences, 160. 3. Dependent Sentences
and Subordinate Clauses, 162. 4. The Infini-
tive or Verbal Noun, 168. 5. Some Idioms
and Expressions, 168. 6. Rules for Initial
Mutations, 175.

XV. PROSODY 178

XVI. ON THE INTERPRETATION OF CORNISH NAMES 192

APPENDIX.

DAYS, MONTHS, AND SEASONS IN CORNISH 203

SOME MODERN BOOKS AND ARTICLES ON CORNISH 205

 

 

 

 

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