thanks beith. what a lovely word 'conseutudinal' is! i had to look it up. conseutudinal is the present continuous, is it? i'm learning so many new words, right now.
the verb to be in cornish has two forms in the present tense, but not a conseutudinal form.
the simplest is the short one.
benyn ov vy = i am a woman.
attes osta = you (s) are comfortable.
lowen yw hi = she is happy
sowsnek yw ev = he is english
kernewek on ni = we are cornish
trist owgh hwi = you (pl) are sad
studhyoryon yns i = they are students.
as you can see the word order here is noun, verb pronoun. osta is one word, but os is the verb and ta is the form the pronoun takes when it joins to the verb.
these can be turned into questions by putting the noun last.
ov vy koth? = am i old?
osta yowynk? = are you young?
yw ev dyskador? = is he a teacher?
yw hi skrifennyades = is she a secretary?
on ni kerens = are we friends
owgh hwi parys = are you ready?
yns i nowydh = are they new?
with nouns as the subject:
Yowann yw kernow = John is a Cornishman
Tamsin yw teg = Tamsin is beautiful
an mebyon yns serrys = the boys are angry
an fleghes yns gwariek = the children are playful
note that you can't use this form to say where soething or someone is or what they are doing. you need the long form for that.
as for the accent, the brief lessons here will give you a good idea.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall/connected ... age1.shtml
if you've heard cornish people speaking english, still better.
briefly the empasis is usually on the first syllable of two syllable words and the second of three syllable words i.e. the second to last syllable of longer words.
double n is pronounced as if the first n wer a d, and forms in effect two syllables, so yowann is pronounced as if spelt yuhWOD'n.
the r is rich and slightly purled.
i is like ee, and y is like schwa or more towards e.
e is like the french e.
gh is very soft, like the ch in loch.
otherwise, listen and learn whenever you get the chance.
it would be wonderful if this start would get people interested enough to learn. helping to to retrieve a language from the brink of extinction os one of the most exciting and moving things you can do.