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Desky Kernowek: A Complete Guide to Cornish [Cornish] [Paperback]

Nicholas Williams , Michael Everson
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1 May 2012 1904808956 978-1904808954
Desky Kernowek, a complete guide to Cornish, is aimed at both beginners and the more advanced student. The book uses Standard Cornish, an orthography that is at once authentic and wholly phonetic. The whole grammar of Cornish is discussed in Desky Kernowek and both Middle and Late Cornish variants are accommodated. All points of grammar and vocabulary are exemplified by instances from the traditional texts in the original spelling. A key to the exercises is given at the end of the book for those learning Cornish by themselves. Desky Kernowek contains a comprehensive phrase-book taken exclusively from traditional Cornish. It also contains a detailed discussion of initial mutation, and a section on verbal usage. The book contains both Cornish-English and English-Cornish glossaries and a full index of subjects. -- The section on pronunciation and spelling was written by Michael Everson, a leading expert on writing systems. Professor Nicholas Williams, the author of Desky Kernowek, has been described by Philip Payton, Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies of the University of Exeter, as "the foremost scholar of the Cornish language".

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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Evertype (1 May 2012)
  • Language: Cornish
  • ISBN-10: 1904808956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904808954
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Williams really knows his Cornish. There is a great revival going on in Cornish, but it has been bogged down in defining what the orthography is that should be revived. Nicholas is steeped in the literature that is this revivals heritage, and all his knowledge and thorough research means this book provides the very best, self-consistent and elegant system for revived Cornish. The Cornish you will learn from this book will be authentic, while many of the inconsistencies of spelling and approach dating from when Cornish was last widely written and spoken are smoothed out. So you will acquire a language that is both modern but also able to understand and sit beside the corpus of historical Cornish literature that exists. Other forms of revival are producing very un-Cornish looking results and an inability to match or understand well the wealth of existing Cornish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a beautiful book, a masterpiece 14 July 2014
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I can't praise this book highly enough, it's a beautiful book, a masterpiece. Mr Williams' love and knowledge of the language realy shines through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally 13 Feb 2014
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A book at the end of which you might just be able to function in Cornish! Phonology, Grammar etc. clearly explained, good exercises at the end of each chapter (with key), so ample practice provided - in other words a solid, traditional approach, no gimmickry.
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