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This map shows the regions of the world where Breton is commonly spoken (red circle). This part of France is called "Brittany" ("Little Britain"). Although Brittany is in the modern nation of France, the people here are not French in descent. The Bretons are descendents of refugees who fled Celtic Britain to escape the Anglo-Saxon invaders of the fifth century. Breton is a Celtic language from the Brythonic branch of Indo-European. It is most closely related to modern Welsh and the extinct Cornish language, but it is also similar to Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaelic.


Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.

 

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