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R: Re: Latin loans in Welsh

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Monday, June 11, 2001, 19:31
Padraic wrote:

> 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 > noun] > > 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. Luca


Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>