In a message dated 6/27/99 1:48:28 AM, [log in to unmask] wrote:
<<If Manawydd is the word for Manxman, what would the word for Manxwoman be?
Would adding an -an suffix make that word affectionate too? What letters
would need to be dropped from the word before adding the -an (assuming that
the word exists and that one can add the -an suffix to it)?
If _Manawydd_ is "Manxman", then the expected feminine would be _Manawyddes_
(the modern terms in actual use are _Manawiad_ and _Manawes_). I've never
seen the suffix -an used in conjunction with the suffix -es, but I don't know
that it's structurally impossible.