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This map shows the regions of the world where Welsh is commonly spoken (red circle). Currently, about one-quarter of the British inhabitants in Wales are bilingual, speaking both Welsh and English. Slightly less than 1% of the Welsh population speaks Welsh exclusively. Welsh descends from the Celtic branch of Indo-European languages in the subfamily of the Brythonic languages. It is most closely related other Brythonic languages such as the Breton language found in Northern France and the extinct language of Cornish. It is a bit more distantly related to Goidelic languages such as Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, and Manx.

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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