The Future of the Cornish Language

It is undoubtedly an achievement that a dead language like Cornish has been given some life. However the money and effort spent so far, and the potential funding now available, may well disappear unless the infighting by the various "branches" of Cornish are sorted out. My feeling is that the differences will remain, as nobody will back off, the funding will disappear, and will not return. At that point Cornish will remain a quirk confined to the 300 or so people that practice it today.

It is extremely difficult for the Cornish language to find a place in education. There are no recognise exams, there is not a place on the syllabus, so it is confined to a spare time activity.

The British government has not recognised the Cornish as a national minority, so Cornish language is in a different position to the other Celtic minority languages in the United Kingdom. So far nearly everything that has been done to revive the language and to introduce the language at schools has been done by volunteers.

Cornish Standard Written Form is an attempt to break the Gordian Knot. However, a Standard Written Form does not mean a standard spoken form, and they believe that the existing forms are likely to continue to be used. Bit of a bodge, but it seems to be the best way forward at the moment.

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