Oh puhleeze, do bugger off mateys

But since those joyous days, the British government has not been doing enough to address the cultural needs of communities in the far south-west of Britain, according to the Council of Europe.

The council’s advisory committee monitoring the protection of national minorities has criticised UK ministers for cutting funding for the Cornish language, and suggested they work harder to devolve power and raise the profile of Cornish life.

On the language issue the committee was particularly scathing. “The advisory committee was disconcerted to learn that the UK government decided to cut all funding for the Cornish language,” it said. “The committee strongly regrets a decision which is considered to have a major impact on the continued revitalisation of the language.”

The number of native speakers of Cornish is zero. The language died 250 years ago.

Sure, it’s an interesting version of Celtic, along with Breton, Welsh, Erse, Scots and so on, but it is dead. If people want to try to revive it then good luck to htem. But there’s absolutely no reason why the kitchen hand in Keithly should be taxed to teach Celtic in Kernow.

12 comments on “Oh puhleeze, do bugger off mateys

  1. Slightly greater than zero. Son of a mate speaks a fair bit of Kernow and, as he was born in the county, presumably counts as “native”.

  2. Tell me what the French government is doing for Breton? Not quite as dead as Cornish.

    But do these rules always apply only to the British?

  3. Given how important communication is I always think it’s the greatest species of idiocy to promote these dead or dying lingos. A Welsh friend of mine (I know) moved to England en famille purely to get his kids into schools where they are taught in a language which has utility beyond a narrow range of damp, sheep-filled hills.

  4. Why does it need Government largesse? If they really believed in their language it would flourish without it. This is just another way for the EU to appear relevant by spending someone else’s money.

  5. The council’s advisory committee monitoring the protection of national minorities

    Soon this non-entity will be even less relevant to us than it is now, plus we won’t be paying for it.

    Spending State money on a language spoken partially by literally a handful of people is ridiculous, but for the millionth time they are saying it because it isn’t their money.

  6. @BiS

    Your mate may be speaking something, but it isn’t Kernow, because the final native speaker died (as Tim points out) before voice recording existed, so no-one has the least idea how it was actually spoken. It’s not like there’s much written material either, so it’s mostly a back-formation from Welsh (and a bit of Breton).

    It would be equally productive and useful to learn Klingon.

  7. BiS,

    Does he say ‘scorchio’, ‘Chris Waddle’ and ’boutros boutros ghali’ a lot?

    Rob,

    Sadly, the Council of Europe has bugger all to do with the EU so we shall still be paid up members of this meddling bunch of bastards after Brexit.

  8. If you’re going to resurrect dead Brythonic languages, why not Cumbric? It would make as much sense as Cornish.

  9. @Chris miller – klingon would be a damn sight more useful that cornish! I know a few people who have taken the time to learn it and the funniest thing is they have to drop back into English most of the time as a lot of things in daily life have no word as they didn’t exist when people actually used cornish…

    Stop wasting money on stupid things like this and teach them useful things…

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