At 12:29 PM 12/25/98 -0500, Jacquelyn Kestner wrote:
>On an aside, personally, I don't see language as the defining element of
>Celtic culture. Not a popular opinion, I know, but in my opinion culture is
>far more than just language.
This *is* the popular opinion and the majority one, at least on this
list. However language is of central importance to culture and to the
preservation of identity, and the loss of a distinct language is a giant
step towards the assimilation of one culture into another.