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  Cornish language, alphabet and pronunciation
Cornish is a Celtic language closely related to Breton and Welsh spoken mainly in Cornwall (Kernow) and also by a few people in Australia and the USA.
Cornish started to diverge from Welsh towards the end of the 7th century AD and the earliest known examples of written Cornish date from the end of the 9th century AD.
The Cornish used between 1250 and 1550 is known as Middle or Medieval Cornish and quite a lot of literature from this period still survives, including religious plays, poems and sermons.
www.omniglot.com /writing/cornish.htm   (1007 words)

  
 Cornish Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Champions of the Cornish language are celebrating the news that it is to join Welsh and Gaelic as a recognised regional language under a European Charter.
Cornish, a Celtic language closely related to Welsh and Breton, is one of the oldest in Europe.
Matthew Clarke of the Cornish Language Fellowship said it was "the most important day in the history of the Cornish language".
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Cornish is a Celtic language, associated with Welsh and Breton as one of the Brythonic languages within the orthodox, but problematic, linguistic typologies.
The language was revived, if that is the appropriate word, in the 19th century, partly as a feature of the antiquarianism of that century, much of the necessary work being undertaken by historical linguists who were expanding in number at the time.
Cornish has no legal status and, as with other minority languages in the U.K., the government resists arguments to give minority language groups official status, arguing that language use will not gain by legislation and the conferring of official status, but rather will derive from the facilitating and enabling process.
www.uoc.edu /euromosaic/web/document/cornic/an/i1/i1.html   (1596 words)

  
 The Cornish Language
The Cornish language is similar to Welsh and Breton, forming one branch of the language spoken by Celts since the dawn of recorded history.
My first encounter with the Cornish language was in June 1992 when I was browsing around the second-hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border and came across "The Story of the Cornish Language" by Peter Berresford Ellis.
Cornish was still widely spoken when these words were originally used 500 years earlier by a Cornishman, Michael Joseph, a flsmith ("An Gof") who led a rebellion of 15,000 Cornish people and marched on London in the year 1497.
www.thecelticplanet.com /cornish.htm   (1406 words)

  
 Cornish Language - A Definition :: Cornwall 24 :: News, Views and Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
It is estimated that there are now approximately 3,500 Cornish speakers (about half a percent of the entire population of Cornwall) and many more speak some Cornish or have some knowledge of the language, and a number of people under the age of 30 have been brought up speaking it.
Cornish is taught in some schools; it was previously taught at degree level in the University of Wales, though the only existing courses in the language at University level are as part of a course in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter.
Cornish is a member of the Celtic branch of the Indo-European family of languages, and shares many of the characteristics of the other Celtic languages.
www.cornwall24.co.uk /Sections-article9-p1.htm   (1982 words)

  
 Cornish - Language Directory
Early Modern Cornish was the subject of a study by the Welsh linguist Edward Lhuyd in 1700, and differs from the mediaeval language in having a simpler structure and grammar.
By this time the language was already arguably in decline from its earlier heyday, and the situation worsened over the course of the next century.
There is evidence that Cornish continued, albeit in limited usage by a handful of speakers, throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century.
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 Cornish Cottage: Mousehole, Cornwall
Cornish, Welsh and Breton (to which Cornish is most closely related) are the three remaining 'p' Celtic languages.
Cornish developed pretty much naturally into a modern European language until the 17th Century, after which it came under pressure by the encroachment of English.
Cornish died out as a native language in the late 19th century, with the last Cornish speaker believed to have lived in Penwith.
www.kernowcottages.co.uk /mousehole/cornishlanguage.php   (261 words)

  
 Observer | One hot hoggan - and a crash course in Cornish, please
Closely related to Welsh, Cornish is a Celtic language that was spoken widely in the county until the Middle Ages.
Almost as soon as the language ceased to be spoken, scholars sought to revive it.
Campaigners run evening classes in the language and each year a festival called the Gorsedd is held which mimics the Welsh Eisteddfod and creates Cornish bards.
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 Cornish has been granted a comeback
Cornish has been granted official protection under the provisions of a European charter on "minority languages", paving the way for schoolchildren to be taught and speak (kewsel) it.
Campaigners are pressing for the return of a Cornish GCSE, scrapped in 1996 after just 42 candidates took the examination in a decade, and the inclusion of the language on the curriculum of schools in the county.
The collection of clergymen and antiquarians who reconstructed the language were helped in their efforts by John Davey, a schoolmaster in Zennor, the last person with sufficient knowledge of the old tongue to speak it.
bussorah.tripod.com /cornish.html   (854 words)

  
 Cornish (Part 6, The Celtic Languages)
Of the six modern languages, Cornish is easily in the worst condition: officially it is extinct, and has been for over two centuries.
Cornish is one of the three Brythonic, or P-Celtic, languages, meaning it evolved alongside Welsh and Breton.
English was the language of the church in England, and by the 16th century, all literature in Cornwall was in English (replacing Latin, rather than Cornish) (4: 2.2).
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 Spelling row could see Cornish go west | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
The revival of Cornish began to gather pace in the 1920s when a version which came to be known as Unified Cornish was reconstructed using language found in medieval miracle plays and borrowing from related Celtic tongues such as Welsh and Breton.
The groups supporting Modern and Unified Cornish issued a statement yesterday saying that there was a "historic" opportunity for the movement to build a "thriving Cornish language", and called for an independent advisory panel.
Cornish is a direct descendent of the language spoken by Celts who settled in Britain before the Roman conquest.
www.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,,1534588,00.html   (1021 words)

  
 Celtic Language Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Six cultures and their languages are extant today, although the languages of Cornwall and the Isle of Man are on the brink of extinction despite efforts to bring these back.
Cymraeg / Welsh / The language of CYMRU or WALES
Kernewek / Cornish / The language of KERNOW or CORNWALL
www.candledark.net /silver/celtlang.html   (1612 words)

  
 The Cornish Language
Thus, Brythonic, one of two major branches of the Celtic languages, gradually evolved as what are now known as Cymraeg, or Welsh, the language of Wales, and Kernewek, or Cornish, the language of a region known as Dumnonia in Roman times but which is today largely Devon and Cornwall.
Cornish receded to the far west of the land and could only be encountered in remote fishing villages and farmsteads, having lost its status as a language over centuries in the face of Norman French and English.
The revived language, studied, researched, preserved and propagated in the 20th century by the great Cornish linguists and patriots Henry Jenner and Robert Morton Nance, gathered momentum through their enormous enthusiasm and energy.
www.connexions.co.uk /culture/cornish_language/index.html   (802 words)

  
 kir\site\s1\tree\cornish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Cornish is another good example of how a language assimilated by a greater power can be revived and restored.
In the 11th century it was conquered by Normans and since then Cornish people slowly began to die out together with their language which was replaced by English.
The language is closely related to Breton, less relative to Welsh, Gaelic and Manx.
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 Industry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The language nearly died with the death of Dolly, but this strong, poetic, lilting language, alien to English tongues, is undergoing a resurgence led by people across Cornwall and the world who refuse to let it slip into extinction.
Graham Sandercock (pictured) is chairman of the Cornish Language Board and a former chairman of the Cornish Language Fellowship.
There is a perception of the Cornish language movement as the domain of wispy-bearded recluses who sit late into the night musing over ancient manuscripts, muttering to themselves and forgetting to wash.
www.cornishworldmagazine.co.uk /language/language.htm   (350 words)

  
 The Ancient Cornish Language
The second rebellion is centred on the refusal to allow church services to be spoken in Cornish by the powers in London.
Cornish folk are more likely to say "Going Truro Are 'ee ?" rather than "Are you going to Truro ?".
Some Keywords in the Cornish Language, with their Breton Equivalents - kindly supplied by Loic POVY and Gildas CHATAL or Gaelic Equivalents - kindly supplied by Cecil Ward of the Isle of Skye.
www.shimbo.co.uk /language/language.htm   (450 words)

  
 Cornish Language News - An Buro
Many languages have had similar difficulties to overcome and the Cornish Language Partnership will be learning from those who have already faced this situation and resolved it.
The morning session was chaired by Dan Rogerson, MP for North Cornwall, who expressed his support for the language and the potential opportunities for children and adults to learn in the future.
The aim of the Charter is to protect historical or minority languages from extinction and promote their role in encouraging diversity and this recognition marked the end of a seven year campaign by Cornish language groups.
www.cornish-language-news.org   (1599 words)

  
 Cornish Language News - An Buro
It was recorded by Seamus, a speaker of Irish, Basque and a student of Cornish.
He worked out the phonology of Cornish using various sources, and then read this passage as he believes it would have sounded during the time of the Boson family.
This song was recorded in a chalet at the Cornish Language Weekend 1991.
www.cornish-language-news.org /library.asp   (408 words)

  
 Cornish Language
Cornish was dying because of the attitude towards it by the English.
Sad but true, English society viewed the Cornish Language as a quaint peasant language and one that should not be spoken by anyone of any standing within society.
Cornish speakers refused to pass on the Cornish language to their Children insisting they learned only English and even in some cases they changed their name to a more English sounding one.
www.kereve.com /kernewek/history.htm   (1386 words)

  
 Cornish article learnenglish
It's actually Cornish, a language that is listed as 'extinct' in the UNESCO Red Book on Endangered Languages but which has experienced a remarkable revival in recent years.
Cornish (Kernewek) is the language that people spoke in Cornwall (Kernow) which is the county in the extreme South West of England.
Some people still say that Cornish died with Dolly Pentreath and this 'new' Cornish is an artificial language, but the revival has continued to this day.
www.learnenglish.org.uk /magazine/cornish.html   (813 words)

  
 KEVREN CORNISH LANGUAGE PAGE
The Cornish language is a Celtic language, of the brythonic (or 'P' Celtic) strand akin to Welsh and sister of the Breton language.
By the 1770's the Cornish language had retreated to the Lizard and Penwith peninsulars, and it died quietly on the tongues of our people in the 1800s.
It is impossible to say what remnant of the language came to Australia with the earliest sailors, or last century with miners and farmers, but perhaps a few words within their distinctive English dialect speech.
members.ozemail.com.au /~kevrenor/kevren.html   (1149 words)

  
 Language Log: And now to revive Cornish?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
linguists squabble?), there being "four rival versions of the written language, each with differing degrees of authenticity, ease of use, and linguistic consistency." In other words, even the written form of the language is not clearly preserved in a definite form, as opposed to hinted at in various fragments in different orthographies.
Let me remind you what is necessary for a language to be living: there must be little kids who speak the language with each other because it is their only language or else their favorite.
It would not be sensible for the EU to encourage the idea of adding it to the already frightening list of languages they have to arrange translation into and out of.
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/001783.html   (897 words)

  
 Cornish language
The language belonged to the people who lived on the peninsula, Celtic, spoken by the original Britons.
Their portion of what was later thought of as England was independent even in Anglo-Saxon times and though a substantial number of migrants from the peninsula were to resettle across the English channel in Brittany, its population remained Celtic.
In the 18th century the last remaining speakers of Cornish disappeared*, leaving behind, however, its rich literature dating back to the 15th century and represented mainly by poetry -- there are yet a lot of verses from the 16th and 17th centuries written in Cornish.
indoeuro.bizland.com /tree/celt/cornish.html   (245 words)

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