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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginner, 3 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Cornish This Way: Holyewgh an Lergh (CD-ROM)
This book will get you through a basic examination in Kernewek Kemmyn and will enable anyone who uses it seriously to start chatting in basic Cornish. It deals very effectively with the grammar of the language and adds a large store of vocabulary.
The CD works very well in partnership with the book. I recommend without hesitation.
If and when Cornish comes to be taught in all primary and secondary schools in the Duchy, then educators could do a lot worse than to select this book. That option may, however, be compromised by the recent agreement on unified standard spelling, and the book may have to be updated accordingly.
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Initial post: 2 Jun 2014 16:25:27 BDT
Morwenna says:
As Common Cornish (Kernewek Kemmyn) is used by the majority of Cornish language speakers, long may this course (Holyewgh an Lergh 1) remain in its present form. The Standard Written Form may have been adopted as the official variant but it will surely be generations before it takes over completely (if ever). As some Cornish books are already available in either form, SWF could also have its own edition, if necessary.

Perhaps I could add (for those who don't know) the difference between KK and SWF is minimal and they are mutually comprehensible.

Just to clarify, Unified Cornish (Kernewek Unys) was the original revived form of the language and was based on the pioneering work of Robert Morton Nance who steered the revival for the first three decades of the 20th century. It was superseded by Common Cornish (Kernewek Kemmyn) in 1987 in line with updated scholarship. This has a standardized spelling system.

Standard Written Form is really just a hotch-potch of compromises imposed on the Cornish people (in 2007) in an effort to reconcile differing, minority opinions about the language, and qualify it for much needed government and EU funding. Long may KK books and CDs be with us!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 13:48:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jun 2014 13:49:17 BDT
I agree with your position, Morwenna. Kernewek Kemmyn is what I was taught, and that's what I'll stick with. You have enlightened me on the likely impact of SWF. Meur ras.
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