Brythonic languages

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Brythonic
Geographic
distribution:
Brittany
Wales
Cornwall
Cumbria
Scotland
Linguistic classification:Indo-European
Subdivisions:

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.

There are three Brythonic languages:

And three extinct languages

Native speakers[change | change source]

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 | change source]

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