Brythonic languages

subfamily of Celtic languages, including Welsh, Cornish, Breton and Cumbric

The Brythonic languages are a language family of the Celtic languages. They are spoken in Brittany, Wales and Cornwall. While going extinct in the rest of the British Isles, the (recognised) regions include: Cumbria and Scotland, while still debated, Common Brittonic[1] was widely spoken across England.

Linguistic classification:Indo-European

There are three Brythonic languages:

And three extinct languages

Native speakers change

Cornish (Kernowek) is an extinct language.[2][3] A Cornish revival movement introduced the language to 557 people. Cornish is mainly a L2 (second language) for most, if not all, Cornish speakers.

Breton (Brezhoneg) is spoken mostly in Brittany,[4] With small communities of speakers in North-West regional France, although it is "severely endangered" .

Welsh (Cymraeg) is spoken by around 20% of the total population of Wales. Welsh has over 700,000 speakers in the whole of the United Kingdom. Welsh and English are both official languages in Wales.

References change

  1. "". Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  2. "THE HISTORY OF THE CORNISH LANGUAGE". CelticLife International. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  3. Parry, John (1946). "The Revival of Cornish: An Dasserghyans Kernewek". PMLA. 61 (1). Modern Language Association: 258–268. doi:10.2307/459233. JSTOR 459233. S2CID 163898565.
  4. UNESCO Atlas of the World's languages in danger.