R: Re: Latin loans in Welsh
|Date:||Monday, June 11, 2001, 19:31|
> More grist please!
> I thought I'd put in the Kerno list while I'm at it. Lots of nice
> irregulars here - usually of the split declension sort which is
> very common in Kerno. I-mutation plural nominatives are heard
> less frequently than the full (correct) form. [coll. = collective
> ascendere ascender
> barba la barba y varbàn (also la barbá)
Does this barba mean 'beard' or 'uncle' (as in many Gallo-Italic varieties)?
The plural -àn suggests the latter hypothesis. -ani is a quite common plural
suffix in some characteristic alpine dialects; in some valleys it is always
used with surnames.