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Re: Feysht noa

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Reamonn MacIain <[log in to unmask]>

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Manx Gaelic Language Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 11 Dec 1998 14:55:58 +0000

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          That's a tough question. Some would say none at all it's a
          dead language since the demise of Ned Maddrell, and that all
          the "speakers" now are really learners. But what do you call
          the children who got their Gaelic from their learner parents
          or from Mooinjer Veggey (? Muinntir Bheaga) the gaelic
          playgroup... Are they native speakers or learners? neither I
          reckon, but a few generations down the line when slang and
          colloquialisms creep in en force like Hebrew, they'll be
          true native speakers, but I don't think it's right to call
          it a dead language. The problem is that there is that no
          native speaker children came out, but there were some pretty
          good learners I hear (i'm no authority on manx of course)
          and of course you have decent recordings of the last native
          speakers. This is the advantage Manx has, and Cornish
          doesn't,which explains why there are so many divisions in
          that langauge movement


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