>>However, there is always the possibility that the boom of Welsh
>>second-language speakers might wane with the granting of political
>>independence (the point Gearo/id was alluding to, I think). The above is
>>admittedly mostly circumstantial, but I believe is a credible interpretation
>>of events in Wales and Scotland (in respect of language and independence).
> There's no necessary reason why this should be so, and in fact I think it
>depends on the attitude of the population towards the language. We know in
>this respect that Welsh has more pride and prestige among its speakers than
>Gaelic and Irish do -- Welsh-speakers are less deferential about speaking
>their language, so there's no reason to assume this would stop with
>The dream scenario, of course, is Hebrew, and tho' a revival of that kind may
>be out of the question for the Celts, it at least shows that such a thing is
You're absolutely correct in your observations on the general Welsh
population and their attitude to Cymraeg. I really believe this attitude
will play a major role in strengthening the future status/use of the
language, and that therefore political independence will not lessen it.
However, I still think Gearo/id's point that the Welsh can learn lessons
from the Irish experience is worthy of consideration.