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This map shows the regions of the world where Cornish is spoken (see red circle). Cornish largely died out by the late 1700s, with the last fluent speaker perishing in 1777. But thanks to a revival movement that started in the 1922, about 300 speakers speak it as of 2007. In 2002, the British government recognized Cornish as one of the nation's official minority languages. Three or four dialects appear today (though the linguistic charts and isoglosses have to map them on a block-by-block basis in certain towns.) Cornish descends from the Celtic branch of Indo-European languages in the subfamily of the Brythonic languages. It is most closely related to modern Welsh and to the Breton language found in Northern France. Examples of Cornish include phrases like agan tavas ("our language"), Fatia genes ("How are you?") and Awodhes kewsel Kerenwek ("Do you know Cornish")?


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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