About the Cornish Language

For those unfamiliar with Cornish, it is classed as a p-Celtic member of the family of Celtic languages, which was once spoken across much of Europe, and is now restricted to the insular world and Brittany: the only surviving languages being Cornish, Welsh and Breton (all p-Celtic), and Manx, Scots Gaelic and Irish (all q-Celtic).

The relationship between these two branches is illustrated by p-Celtic words such as peduar [W] (four) and their q-Celtic equivalents: cethar [Ir].

The etymology, morphology, syntax and phonology of Cornish and the other Celtic languages ultimately derive from a putative proto-Indo European or proto-Celtic language or family of languages spoken in Britain in pre-history.

This post graduate project will help make sense of what Late South-western British (Primitive Cornish) and Old Cornish personal names were like and then reconstruct them from their later forms.