I wager that the scribes of Glasney could have read it, and that Jordan and Tregear and the author.
Now that the Cornish Revival has weathered many storms, it is well worth making Jenners ground-breaking work available again, copies of the 1904 edition having become rare and expensive.
English-Cornish Dictionary, Jenner sorted it all out: he devised a system which was practical enough to use to begin to revive the language.The responsibility for any lurking typographical or interpretative errors remains mine.Of particular interest is his belief that it was undesirable to try to reconstruct a foreign accent based on scientific affectation.The book being newly typeset has benefited from some changes for the modern reader.Breton spellings, tredje dagen är den sex dag however, have been updated to modern orthography.These articles are reproduced below as appendices to the main text.It shows him to have had real phonetic training.From the preface: This new edition of Jenners classic.I have added phonetic transcriptions in the IPA, to assist the modern reader in understanding exactly which sounds Jenner was recommending.Chapter headings and subsections within chapters have been numbered as sections for ease of citation.The most extreme jag kommer att ha sex ikväll of such comments have been moved to footnoteswhere they can be safely ignored by the reader whose interests are merely linguistic.Synthesizing the texts, the description in Edward Lhuyds 1707.Archaeologia Britannica, Edwin Norris 1859, sketch of Cornish Grammar, Robert Williams 1865 Lexicon, cornu-Britannicum, and Frederick Jagos 1882.Handbook of the Cornish Language appears more than a century after the books first publication.
His phonology is for the most part sound; he recognized the earlier phonemes /y/ and /ø/ by the way they had unrounded to /i/ and /e/ in Late Cornish.The orthographic system which Jenner used in 1904 was the culmination of many years of work, but it is important to notice that Jenner was aware three decades earlier of Alexander Melville Bells 1865 Visible Speech, and of Alexander John Ellis 1867 Palæotype and 1871.Handbook with the three articles Jenner published between 18, near the beginning of his researches into Cornish.His section on grammar is wide-ranging and largely reliable.Bewnans Ke would likewise have found it to be familiar.Hypothetical forms are prefixed with an *asterisk as is now standard practice.
This re-edition is not a mere facsimile.
He used diacritical marks for precision where necessary.
Editorial comments of my own are given in curly brackets.
He uses an orthography that supports Late Cornish while still retaining a connection to the orthographic forms of the Middle Cornish scribal tradition.
(Two characters used here, and, are not used in the IPA proper; the Oxford English Dictionary uses them for reduced ( schwi ) and reduced ( schwu ).