Project wants to unlock the origins of place-names
Source: Western Morning News
A project to help communities to discover more about the Cornish language through the names of local fields, farms, villages, streets, houses and families is getting under way in Lanivet, Heamoor and Redruth.
Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek (Cornish Language Fellowship) has appointed Penzance town councillor Rob Simmons to lead Taves an Tir (Tongue of the Land).
With support from the Cornwall Records Office, the scheme aims to use old records, maps and local knowledge to provide information.
As project officer, Rob will liaise with volunteers in each of three pilot locations to uncover the secrets of place-names and what they can tell us about the environment when Cornish was the main language spoken.
Rob Simmons, who brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of historical research, studied international politics at Aberystwyth, before returning to Cornwall, where he has been a volunteer with Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, as well being elected to Penzance Town Council.
Rob has a good knowledge of working with volunteers and helped out with the Cornish language nursery Skol Veythrin Karenza with his family when it first started.
“I’m really excited to join this project,” he said. “Throughout Cornwall our ancient language is all around us, in the names of houses, streets and even settlements themselves. Yet many people have little idea of what these Cornish words mean and the history behind those names.
“The project is an exciting opportunity to unlock some of those mysteries and learn how the Cornish language still has such an impact upon the landscape.
“It is also an opportunity for communities to come together in a shared understanding of the places in which they live.”
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is due to run in Lanivet, Redruth and Heamoor for two years.
Loveday Jenkin, of Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek, said: “We are very pleased to have Rob on the project and are particularly impressed with his strong presentational skills and enthusiasm.”
For more information visit cornish-language.org
Read more at http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Project-wants-unlock-origins-place-names/story-22966867-detail/story.html#rfPGTjCSVOOmIwXv.99
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