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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg Vol. I

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« Reply #240 on: October 23, 2009, 01:24:19 pm »

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« Reply #241 on: October 23, 2009, 01:24:35 pm »

p. 74 p. 75

Abcedilros; so were called the ten primary letters, because they are put in one word of four syllables, being arranged according to the word, thus,

A. B. C. E. D. I. L. R. O. S.

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« Reply #242 on: October 23, 2009, 01:24:52 pm »

After that M and N were invented, and thence there were twelve letters, which were called Mabcednilros, the letters being thus arranged--

M. A. B. C. E. D. N. I. L. R. O. S.
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« Reply #243 on: October 23, 2009, 01:25:04 pm »

making twelve letters. After that four other letters were devised, namely, G. T. P. F. And then there was a new arrangement of the letters; all that were partially co-vocal being placed next to each other, as if of one family in respect of sound. That is to say, firstly, the simple ones, namely,
A. E. I. O.

 
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« Reply #244 on: October 23, 2009, 01:25:22 pm »

Then the labials, namely, M. B. P. F.

Then the dentals, namely, D. T. N.

Then the palatals, G. C.

Then the non congeners, namely, L. R. S.
 

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« Reply #245 on: October 23, 2009, 01:25:48 pm »

And thus were they arranged,--

A. E. I. O. B. M. P. F. D. T. N. G. C. L. R. S.

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« Reply #246 on: October 23, 2009, 01:26:00 pm »

and were called after their primitive name Abcedilros, though the authentic letters might, in respect of kind and number, be more than what are found in the special word.

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« Reply #247 on: October 23, 2009, 01:26:43 pm »

After that, two other letters were devised, namely or
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« Reply #248 on: October 23, 2009, 01:27:29 pm »

and or,
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« Reply #249 on: October 23, 2009, 01:28:26 pm »

then there were eighteen letters. After that, two others, which made twenty, namely, and   After
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« Reply #250 on: October 23, 2009, 01:29:46 pm »

that, four other letters, namely,   1 which were arranged on the Coelbren according to their families in respect of sound and vocalness, and mutual relation. After that secondary
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« Reply #251 on: October 23, 2009, 01:31:21 pm »

letters were devised, which are . . . , &c., as far as thirty-eight. Still their old
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« Reply #252 on: October 23, 2009, 01:31:34 pm »

p. 76

p. 77

designation is retained, which is, Abcedilros. An old Book calls them, Abcednilroswm.


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« Reply #253 on: October 23, 2009, 01:31:47 pm »

Footnotes
73:* p. 72 This statement is made by the copyist, Iolo Morganwg.

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« Reply #254 on: October 23, 2009, 01:32:39 pm »

75:1 p. 74 A letter, probably either or , ought to be supplied here, in order to make up the number four, if that, and not three, was really intended.



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