Dëdh dâ, Wella


A playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 2

© 2019 Ray Chubb and Ian Jackson

2nd edition July 2020

 

TAMSYN

Dëdh dâ, Wella.

 WELLA

Dùrda dhis, Tamsyn. Fatla genes?

TAMSYN

Dâ lowr ov vy, mès sqwith ov. Fatla genes tejy?

WELLA

Lowen ov vy. An gewer yw tobm hedhyw.

TAMSYN

Yw, mès avorow an gewer a vëdh glëb.

WELLA

Hedna a vëdh drog.

TAMSYN

Bëdh. Yw pel, an dra-na i’n fordh?

WELLA

Yw, pel vian yw.

TAMSYN

Duw genes, Wella.

WELLA

Duw genes, Tamsyn.

 

In all instances of verb + personal pronoun (as subject), you can leave out the personal pronoun if you like. The pronoun is frequetly omitted in literature. Dropping it is not so common in traditional Cornish conversation. Sometimes it is potentially ambiguous. But it is a useful trick to avoid repetition.

 

Footnote

This playlet first appeared on page 14 of the coursebook Skeul an Tavas © 2010 Ray Chubb. Wella and Tamsyn are ‘everyman’ names in Cornish, like John and Jane in English. Characters with these names also appear on pages 20, 37, 50. You will quickly see they cannot all be the same persons.