I just plagiarised this from CYMRAEG-L. Evidence of a new Cornish
>From The Daily Telegraph, 21st of February 1999:
THE Cornish language - virtually extinct since the 1700s - is being
spoken again by families who are bringing up their children to regard
it as their mother tongue.
Renewed interest in Cornish is part of a growing local backlash
against the county's image as merely a tourist trap and there is
increasing pressure to have it recognised as an official language.
Cornwall County Council voted last week to support the move, and on
Tuesday a debate on the subject will be held at the House of Commons,
instigated by Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, who
made part of his maiden speech in Cornish.
Denise and Ray Chubb, of Portreath, have taught their sons Wella, 15,
and Trystan, 13, Cornish and now treat it as the family's first
language "whenever possible". Both boys have passed first-grade
Mrs Chubb said: "At first we just spoke it at home. Now we use it
whenever we can and we meet a lot more people who also speak the
language. There's no doubt that it is much more popular now. I know
many people who are teaching it to their children."
Bernard Deacon, 49, a lecturer in British regional history at Exeter
University, has spoken only Cornish to his six-year-old daughter
Merryn since she was born. His wife, Penny, understands the language
but does not speak it. At home in Redruth, Merryn hears English only
from her mother.
Mr Deacon said: "I wanted to bring Merryn up to speak both languages
and this seemed to be the best way of doing it. We don't treat it as
her first language but neither is it her second." Asked if she thought
it was strange that her father spoke to her only in Cornish, Merryn
said: "Not really. It has always been like this."
Guth Williams, a former tin miner who now lectures in mining, began
learning the language when his wife Julie was pregnant with their
first daughter. Six years on, the family often converse in Cornish.
In the past few years, the language has become an emotive subject for
many people in the county who see it as a tool to help to forge an
independent identity in the same way as has happened in Scotland and
George Ansell, of the European Bureau of Lesser Used Languages, said:
"There is no doubt it is growing in popularity."