|Native speakers||206,000 (2007)|
|Writing system||Latin script|
bre – Modern Breton
xbm – Middle Breton
obt – Old Breton
|Linguist List||xbm Middle Breton|
|obt Old Breton|
50-ABB-b (varieties:50-ABB-ba to -be)
Breton (Brezhoneg, in Breton) is a Celtic language spoken in Brittany, in the north-west of France. Breton is closely related to the Cornish language of Cornwall spoken in south-west Great Britain. It is less closely related to Welsh, and the Goidelic languages of Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The Breton language has approximately 240,000 speakers,111 but this number is falling very quickly due to the French government's policy of using French. As such, Breton is considered to be an endangered language.
References[change | change source]
- Fañch Broudic, 2009. Parler breton au XXIe siècle – Le nouveau sondage de TMO-Régions. (including data from 2007: 172,000 speakers in Lower Brittany; slightly under 200,000 in whole Brittany; 206,000 including students in bilingual education)
- O'Reilly, Camille (2001). Language, Ethnicity and the State: Minority languages in the European Union, Volume 1. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 033392925X. http://books.google.com/books?id=pfHpwj3n26EC&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
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