Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE[10]: Sounds Good
by henderson101 on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 12:50 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Sounds Good"
henderson101
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2006-05-30

Formal Welsh is not a living spoken language any more. Not really. The colloquial Welsh is.

Cornish doesn't exist. All you have is a reconstruction based on the best guess of a bunch of non native speakers. Calling it anything else is fantasy. Also, you'd be lucky to find anyone in Cornwall with any knowledge. Believe me, I've worked in Wales and worked with real native speakers. I've been to Scotland and met a couple of native Gaelic speakers. I've had enough Irish friends to know that most 30 something's (and younger) have basic Irish drummed in to them at school. I've been to Cornwall numerous times, including spending time on the Lizard and round Helston, heart of the last refuge of Cornish. Never met one person that could say anything more that a few sentences. There are probably more fluent Klingon speakers than Cornish speakers.

As for Manx - who says the others have it right? Neither of the current spellings systems (agreed spelling conventions) are more than 100 years old now. Both have had major reforms in the 1950's and later. If you want to be authentic, use the traditional Irish script. Any where a Ch, Gh, Dh, etc is used are neologisms. If anything, Manx orthography captures the actual spelling of a word more exactly.

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RE[11]: Sounds Good
by dylansmrjones on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 14:31 in reply to "RE[10]: Sounds Good"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Whatever... utter nonsense again.

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RE[12]: Sounds Good
by henderson101 on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 19:42 in reply to "RE[11]: Sounds Good"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Why? Because I've lived in Wales, have Welsh relatives and my Fatheri-in-law lives near Inverness and my own father owns a home in Cornwall? Which of us has first hand experience?

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