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Sharing some #Cornish printed heritage from @britishlibrary for #StPiransDay with Andrew Boorde’s ‘tourist guide’ to the British Isles printed in 1540.

“In Cornwall is two speches, the one is naughty englyshe, and the other is cornyshe”

Some phrases to follow ...
Boorde’s ‘fyrst boke of the introduction of knowledge’ was to, ‘teache a man to speake parte of all maner of languages, and to knowe the vsage and fashion of al maner of countreys. And know the moste parte of all maner of coynes of money, the whych is currant in euery region”
(When walking about in the nip with a pair of scissors)
Travellers in Cornwall could read how to:
count in Cornish, “Ouyn dou tray...”, say How do you fare? “Datalew genre why”
say I do thank you sir, “Dar da’ a de why syrza”
And, importantly, how to say, “woman bring me some fishe” and “bringe me a quarte of wine”
Boorde also gives a good example of the dialect spoken in eastern Cornwall along the #Tamar Valley where the two languages melded, “Iche cham Cornysche man al[e] Chen can brew ...”
This book is a wonderful source for examining the languages spoken in #earlymodern #Cornwall
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