Let's straighten something out here--the English government never made it
illegal for Welsh to be spoken. Yes, there are clauses in the legislation of
Henry VIII that made English the language of adminsitration and justice, but
Welsh was not made illegal. Actually, quite the opposite, as it was under the
aegis of the Elizabethan government that made a production of a Welsh bible
possible. There were a number of societal pressures that made Welsh an
'inferior' language to English, particularly amongst the gentry classes, but
again, there was no legislation enacted.
>===== Original Message From "CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List."
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>Then there is the train of thought that the English language was forced
>upon the Welsh and made it illegal to speak their native language. There
>is a good argument that the Welsh want to recover what was taken from
>them. Several views here.
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>From: "46FORTIN" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2002 9:43 AM
>Subject: Re: dea-scéala i dtaobh na Cornais
>> Marion, a chara,
>> Thanks for posting this. I find the interest in the Cornish language
>to be a
>> good sign that folks in Cornwall are still interested in keeping up
>> However, I'm not sure that Cornish or Manx should go so far as to be
>> officially recognized as languages any more. There's an argument to
>> that both languages died out some time ago (the last native Cornish
>> died in the nineteenth century), and that any attempts to revitalize
>> artificial. While there are areas in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and
>> where the native languages are still spoken as the primary language,
>> official recognition be given to languages that have to be learned?
>> not to say that funding should not be forthcoming, but I have my
>> >===== Original Message From "CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List."
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>> >Ó: The academic network for Cornish Studies
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>> >Chris Dunkerley <[log in to unmask]> a scríobh:
>> >> '... Today (Monday) the Western Morning News gave almost all its
>> >> the Regions Minister Nick Raynsford decision to give official
>> >> to the Cornish language. The headline was even translated
>> >> Recognition is under the EUROPEAN CHARTER for Regional and Minority
>> >> languages...'
>> >> Tá eolas breise le fáil ina thaobh seo ar URL:
>> >> http://www.geocities.com/cornishnews"
>> >> Kevrenor
>> >Údar ceiliúrtha dúinn ar fad an dea-scéala seo, a fhágann go bhfuil
>> >aitheantas sa Ríocht Aontaithe anois ag na 6 teanga in éineacht.
>> >daoine a d'eagraigh an feachtas seo, agus na hoifigigh rialtais a
>> >don t-éileamh mar ba chóir.
>> >Marion Gunn <[log in to unmask]>
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