>is Cornwall has only recently resurrected their "Celtic" language and that
>only from textbooks! The vast majority of the Cornish speak English.
>However, if you go there, there is a distinctly Celtic identification of
>people to being Celtic.
You make some very good points here. Yes, Cornwall identifies itself as
Celtic. Although the Cornish (many of them) have identified as non-English
forever, and Celtic for about 150 years (pretty much like everyone else),
this 'Celtic' ethnic affiliation is increasing at a very grass roots level,
very quickly. Obviously language is far too narrow and misleading a gauge to
measure ethnicity by. Language usage never works the way we want it to--far
To clarify about the language, Cornish has been in a 'revived' state since
the 1850s (at the very very earliest) and more rightly since the late 19th
c. Many Cornish scholars are actually talking less in terms of 'language
death' and more in terms of 'language shift' in Cornwall in any case, which
somewhat changes the dynamics of how we perceive 'revival'. It has always
survived in place and personal names and in some dialect phrases, possibly
also in grammar. It was certainly not revived from textbooks initially, but
for much of the 20th c. this of course is true. Now there are actually
speech communities to transmit the language.
I do think that a lot of Cornish feel an attachment to the language and see
it as an important badge of identity, even if they have not had the time,
inclination or resources to learn it.
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