Re: [tied] Re: NWB

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 49925
Date: 2007-09-16

At 4:37:19 PM on Sunday, September 16, 2007, Richard
Wordingham wrote:

> --- In, Rick McCallister
> <gabaroo6958@...> wrote:

>> In what sense?
>> Are the hydronyms pre-IE or Anglo-Saxon?

> By implication, unusually many are of Anglo-Saxon origin,
> but I can't preclude the possibility that a map of Celtic
> hydronyms has been carelessly used as a map of pre-English
> hydronyms. The map and discussion will come from Reaney's
> book 'The Origins of English PlaceĀ­Names'.

(Just 'Origin'.) His map of British river names is actually
taken from Jackson's LHEB, which has a fairly extensive
discussion (220ff). The region from the eastern boundary of
Dorset to the Tamar is within his Area III, of which he

Here Brittonic river names are especially common,
including often those of mere streams, and the proportion
of certainly Celtic names is highest of all.

(The other two parts of Area III are in the northwest and
along the Welsh border.)