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 Breton - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Breton, André (1896-1966), French poet and critic, a leader of the surrealist movement.
Breton, Jules Adolphe Aimé Louis (1827-1906), French painter, considered one of the pioneers of plein air (open-air) painting.
Breton wrote in a variety of different literary genres, including pastoral and religious verse,...
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 Breton language
Breton (Brezhoneg) (ISO 639 be, bre) is spoken by many of the inhabitants of Brittany in France.
Breton is not thought to be a modern day descendant of any continental Celtic language such as Gallic[?] but rather it is descended from insular Brythonic.
As such, it has much in common with Cornish and to a slightly lesser extent Welsh, although there are vocabulary and spelling differences owing to the influence of French upon the language.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/br/Breton.html   (103 words)

 Breton Language
Because Bretons learned to feel that the Breton language was vastly inferior to French, many parents in post World War II Brittany made the decision to do everything possible to insure that their children spoke French - that meant using French when at all possible to speak to children in the home.
Breton parents who made the decision not to speak Breton to their children in the 50s and 60s often cited their memories of humiliation in school as one reason.
Bretons realize that demonstrations are not enough to save the Breton language or reunite Brittany, and have taken France to the European court for its language policies and practices.
www.breizh.net /icdbl/saozg/endangered.htm   (6608 words)

 Breton language, alphabet and pronunciation
Breton is closely related to Cornish and less closely related to Welsh, though these languages are not mutually intelligible.
Breton first appeared in writing in 790 AD in a manuscript entitled le manuscrit de Leyde, a botanical treatise in Breton and Latin.
Breton can be heard on a number of radio stations for a few hours a week and there is a weekly one-hour TV programme in Breton.
www.omniglot.com /writing/breton.htm   (517 words)

 Celtic Origins
Breton was never the native speech of the entire population of the territory of Brittany and it has probably been more influenced than any other Celtic language by contact with non-Celtic languages, many of which were those spoken by the ruling classes.
Breton was, however, present throughout the region during different periods and was spoken by different classes of society at different times.
Breton is still spoken as the native language in all parts of western Brittany (Basse-Bretagne or Breizh Izel).
groups.msn.com /CelticOrigins/bretonlanguage.msnw   (750 words)

 Euromosaic - Breton (France)
Breton belongs to the Brittonic or British sub-group of the Celtic language group, and is an Indo-European language.
Breton is neither used nor permitted in the central administration of the State, in accordance with the general principles of the law.
Most Bretons accept that their language has low status, and is dying away, yet there is no evidence to suggest that they regard their language with disdain, the majority of them disagreeing with the supposition that they are considered as uneducated or as rustics if they speak Breton.
www.uoc.edu /euromosaic/web/document/breto/an/i1/i1.html   (5679 words)

 Breton Language - Celtic Language under political pressure | Antimoon Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
The situation of the Breton language in Brittany is scandalous.
I am and feel Breton and Celt, unfortunately I don't speak the Breton language yet (difficult to speak a language when you don't have speakers around you) but I DO feel it, it's as if it was part of my 'racial memory' (sorry for the terms but I'm not sure which one to use).
Breton should do everything in her power to retain her native language, the language of her people.
www.antimoon.com /forum/t595.htm   (2697 words)

 Holidays in Brittany
THE Breton language is as different from French as Welsh is from English.
There are plenty of elderly people who spoke only Breton until they went to a new school and had to start learning French.
Breton is a celtic language and cannot be avoided by travellers in the Morbihan, as place-names are given in both French and Breton, and most of the latter contain some celtic root.
www.pvf.dircon.co.uk /BCH-5B(Language).html   (358 words)

 Breton Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
What we now term Bretons settled on the Brittany (Bretagne) peninsula in the 4th and 6th centuries A.D., emigrating in waves from Cornwall and Wales under the pressure of Saxons, Angles and Jutes, peoples who had by then started migrating to Britain.
Many Bretons still speak their language, rich literature written in it as well, so the tongue is not considered as becoming extinct or endangered.
Breton has evolved more than has Welsh, interestingly, perhaps, due to the lack of a learned culture.
indoeuro.bizland.com /tree/celt/breton.html   (527 words)

 Learn Breton Online - Write or Speak in Breton Language Exchange   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A language exchange complements other forms of learning such as classroom, cultural immersion and multimedia, because you get to practice all that you have learned with native speakers in a safe and supportive environment.
Language exchange learning is also inexpensive because we provide free tips and conversation lesson plans that allow you to do a language exchange on your own.
Breton is language spoken in the Western Brittany and Easter Brittany regions of France.
www.mylanguageexchange.com /Learn/Breton.asp   (902 words)

 e-Keltoi: Volume 2, Cultural Survival - Breton at a Crossroads: Looking Back, Moving Forward, by Lenora A. Timm
Thus, whichever language in a society is the one generally agreed to possess the most political, economic and/or religious power and authority, and has been well codified as a literary language, is defined as the High language; the other or others are the Low language(s).
According to Breton linguist Yves Le Gallo: "...il y a deux langues différentes: la langue du peuple et puis la langue des savants et des lettrés" ('there are two different languages: the language of the people and then the language of the intellectuals and the literati'; quoted in Le Coadic 1998:249).
For many of them it seems bizarre to use Breton in the schools since, they remember (either from their own or their parents' experiences) being chastized or punished for using Breton in school or that it was a great embarrassment to be marked in school as a member of a Breton-speaking family.
www.uwm.edu /Dept/celtic/ekeltoi/volumes/vol2/2_2/timm_2_2.html   (8962 words)

 Celtic Culture > Languages > Gallo, language of Brittany   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
While the Breton language is spoken in western Brittany and belongs to the family of Celtic languages, the Gallo language is spoken in eastern Brittany and belongs to the family of Romance languages.
However, Gallo was always Brittany's most spoken language as it was the native tongue of the eastern half of the Breton peninsula, including the Duchy's main population centres and the capital cities of Nantes and Rennes.
Gallo was replaced by French as the language of record and the courts, leading progressively to a situation of diglossia where French became language of the dominant minority and Gallo and Breton remained the unofficial languages of the majority.
www.celtia.info /culture/languages/gallo.html   (955 words)

 Breton JAF Part 1: Introduction
It also makes clear that Bretons, if they can be seen as a single people, have been in conflict to some degree with the French--if indeed they are a people--off and on for considerably more than a millenium.
When I fight for the right of the Breton people to express themselves, I fight for all the little peoples of the world, who, although less rich and unarmed, are the equals of the great powers.
The various styles of Breton music that Stivell draws on, and the various styles he has helped create, are often linked in one way or another to the other Celtic countries.
dolphin.upenn.edu /~teachnet/Bretonjaf/bretonjaf1.html   (2283 words)

 Breton Language - Another Path/Deafhomeschool.com
Breton is the language of western Brittany in northern France.
By the end of this course you should be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Breton in a broad range of everyday situations.
This work attempted to put forth a more methodical manner in which endangered languages could be strengthened as opposed to the often haphazard and not well planned and often emotionally laden efforts of many language movements which more often than not fell short of success in tackling this very difficult and challenging problem."
www.deafhomeschool.com /study/languages/breton.html   (365 words)

 Labara 6: a taste of Breton verse
Breton is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic language family, and is thus closely related to the two other living Brythonic languages, Welsh and Cornish, especially the latter.
It has been suggested that the Breton language is the direct descendant of the Celtic language of the Gauls (of what is now present-day France), but the relationship between Breton, Welsh and Cornish is too close to support this hypothesis.
The modern Breton literary revival was stimulated by the publication in 1839 of Barzaz-Breiz, a collection of ballads and songs, by Theodore Hersart de la VillemarquÈ (known in Breton as Kervarker).
www.summerlands.com /crossroads/celticlanguage/labara6.html   (1866 words)

 Breton Translation Service - English to Breton Translation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
You probably don't speak Breton yourself, so there are a few questions you'll need to consider when choosing a translation company.
Language is a living thing it develops and changes constantly.
To ensure our translators keep abreast of the language our Breton translators live in-county and translate into their mother tongue.
www.appliedlanguage.com /languages/breton_translation.shtml   (432 words)

 Mozilla in the breton language
The present one started at the beginning of 2000 (from a prototype translation of Netscape 3, in 1998, - it's not new...) In January 2002, a beta "language pack" was ready, and the Breton version of Mozilla 1.0 was issued in June (before the french one...).
The language of it has been kept close to spoken Breton – to its spirit also, so the half-technique vocabulary simply uses the same words as in other european languages.
The writing system is the 'interdialectal', the only one amongst the major writings system for the contemporary Breton to be scientifically coherent, as well from the point of view of the pronunciations of the various dialects as of the history of the language.
tdsw.free.fr /en.php   (504 words)

 Breton language and culture
FROM WIKIPEDIA Breton (Brezhoneg) is a Celtic language spoken by some of the inhabitants of Brittany in France.
Breton is not thought to be a modern-day descendant of any Continental Celtic language such as Gaulish, though it may have borrowed some features from it, but it is rather descended from insular Brythonic.
The U.S. Branch of the International Committee for the Defense of the Breton Language (U.S. ICDBL) was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation on October 20, 1981.
www.lonweb.org /link-breton.htm   (1192 words)

 Breton language - Simple English Wikipedia
Breton (Brezhoneg, in Breton) is a Celtic language spoken in Brittany, in the north-west of France.
It is closely related to the Cornish language of Cornwall in the south-west of England and Welsh.
It is less closely related to the Goidelic languages of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
simple.wikipedia.org /wiki/Breton_language   (136 words)

 Celtic Languages
The Insular languages fall into two groups: the Brythonic (or British), including Breton, Cornish, and Welsh; and the Gaelic (or Goidelic), including Irish, Scottish Gaelic (or Erse), and Manx.The characteristic of Celtic languages that most distinguishes them from other Indo-European linguistic groups is their loss of the original Indo-European sound p.
The Breton language is spoken today in various dialects in Brittany; most Breton speakers also speak French.
Manx, the language of the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea is classified as a dialect of Scottish Gaelic, with strong Norse influence.
www.celticgrounds.com /chapters/c-language.htm   (328 words)

 Breton Accent Codes
Breton is a Celtic language spoken in the Brittany region on the west coast of France.
Breton does not have as many accented charcters as French.
Language tags are also suggested so that search engines and screen readers parse the language of a page.
tlt.its.psu.edu /suggestions/international/bylanguage/breton.html   (603 words)

 The Breton Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Breton is an actual language, spoken by more than 250,000 people.
In Brittany there are many Breton language schools for children and as you travel further west (towards Finistere and Cotes D'Armor) the influence of Breton is more apparent.
All of the road signs are bi-lingual (French and Breton), the Breton flag is flown over many public buildings and cars carry the BZH plate meaning Breizh, the Breton name for Brittany.
www.brittany-guide.com /digemer_mat.htm   (98 words)

 Breton language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
See IPA chart for English for an English-​based pronunciation key.
Today the existence of bilingual dictionaries directly from Breton into languages such as English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Welsh demonstrates the determination of a new generation to gain international recognition for Breton.
Compared to the other dialects, the Gwenedeg dialect is somewhat more distinct due several pronunciation specificities.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Breton_language   (1670 words)

 Amazon.com: Colloquial Breton (Colloquial Series (Multimedia)): Books: Ian Press   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
I believe this is the only book of its type about the Breton Language intended for the use of English speakers.
Colloquial Breton is organized much like the other Colloquial-series language books, which is what attracted me to it in the first place.
Of course, it is a good idea to have sound recordings of a language you happen to be studying, but the book should be able to stand on its own.
www.amazon.com /Colloquial-Breton-Multimedia-Ian-Press/dp/0415224535   (1354 words)

 Kervarker.org - learn the breton language - apprendre la langue bretonne
There is also the option of becoming a Language Moderator for a specific fourm to deal with your language.
This was after feeling absolute disgust at the way promoters of the Brezhoneg language were treated by French National Television upon interview at the time.
The 33rd "Daoulamm" or breton language summer school, will be held in 2004 at Rennes University in Brittany from Monday July the 5th to Friday July the 9 th.
www.kervarker.org   (410 words)

 Ethnologue report for language code:bre
Strong nationalistic movement demanding recognition, a place in the schools, media, and public life.
Literacy rate in first language: 25% can read and write Breton.
This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
www.ethnologue.com /show_language.asp?code=bre   (109 words)

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