Middle Breton: ˈneːbøt

« ˈplyːven, ˈplyːen (feather) nep ˈmøːr, neˈmøːr (few) »

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Lexeme data

Language:Middle Breton
Source form:nebeut
Phonological form:ˈneːbøt
Gloss:little, few, small, a small amount, a small number
Notes:Contains the negator nep. Can be used as a noun, an adjective or an adverb (Hemon 1975, 145-46). Ex. en nebeut á dezyou ez finissomp … hon amser 'within a few days we will finish our life-time' M. 413 Note, that 'few' can also be expressed with a construction including bennak 'any, some, -ever, -soever': Mod. Bret. Eur vag vihan bennag a zo e porzig Oranj 'there a few small boats in the little harbour of Oranj' (lit. there is some little boat…) (Hemon 1975, 142).
Cognate codes:M

Sources of lexical data

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Source: Hemon, Roparz. 1975: A historical morphology and syntax of Breton. Dublin, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (Medieval and Modern Breton Series III).
Pages: 145-46
Reliability: High
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Source: GIB = Hemon, Roparz. 1979–1998. Geriadur istorel ar brezhoneg / Dictionnaire historique du breton. 2. éd. Plomelin: Preder.
Pages: 2019-20
Reliability: High
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Source: Dictionnaire historique Meurgorf.
Reliability: High

Cognate coding

Cognate Class M
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Source: Schrijver, Peter. 2011: Old British. In Ternes, Elmar (ed.) 2011: Brythonic Celtic ‒ Britannisches Keltisch. From Medieval British to Modern Breton. Bremen, Hempen: 1-84 (Münchner Forschungen zur historischen Sprachwissenschaft 11).
Pages: 55
Reliability: High
Comment: Cf. Old Breton nepot. From Proto-Celtic *ne-kwāt-.