A short time ago a member of this list denied that England outlawed the
speaking of the Welsh language.
That statement may have been technically true, but as students we
learned that England outlawed the speaking of native languages in
Scotland and Ireland, and native peoples who were caught were punished
for speaking their language.
That seems to have been the trend in every British Colonial possession.
It therefore is not a stretch to say the Welsh were punished, or at
least discriminated against, for speaking their languages.
I think the point now is that people have the opportunity to learn their
own language, but I don't think citizens will be forced to learn. It
seems the younger people want to learn their language for national
identity and Welsh is already being taught in some schools.
Regrettably I have never visited Wales, but I still desire to learn the
language of my Owen ancestors.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Croman mac Nessa" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: [CELTIC-L] dea-scéala i dtaobh na Cornais
> In a message dated 7/31/02 5:07:59 AM Central Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> << Wouldn't it be a little harsh to oblige the 80% of the rest of the
> population to learn Welsh ? >>
> Madainn mhath, Alexis.
> Why? Didn't the English government force the Welsh to learn English?
> for what? Cultural imperialism? Not very laudable.
> << In my opinion, the important is to have the
> choice, either to learn or not to. >>
> Do the people of Cornwall actually have a choice to learn Cornish at
> moment? Seems to me that if you go to a nation, you should learn the
> language of the inhabitants, rather than forcing your own on them. It
> seems to me that the Cornish people are just wanting to reclaim what
> stolen from their Ancestors.
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