Archive for the ‘Breton (bre)’ Category

BBC Quiz!

30 May 2012

The online BBC News Magazine posted a quiz today on less-spoken languages.

The quiz features some tough questions on languages such as: Aka or Hruso (hru), Aramaic (family) and Romansh (roh), as well as four UK languages: Breton (bre), Cornish (cor), Irish (gle) and Manx (glv).

Readers of this blog will probably score far higher than most. With two lucky guesses (whoops!), I scored five out of seven. What’s your score? Post below!

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Reassessing revitalization reasoning

11 May 2011

As reported on May 6 on this blog, a Breton (bre) scholar wrote a blog entry on having a change in heart about language revitalization.

Today, Daniel W. Hieber followed up with a post titled “Language and Value,” in which he examines why languages should be valued, including a discussion on value theory.

Among other things, he argues there are no good a priori arguments for language revitalization; that is, the love for language revitalization derives from interaction with language, not from moral abstractions.

No, really, why save a dying language?

6 May 2011

On Les aventures d’un été, a Breton (bre) scholar who is skeptical about saving languages has a slight change of heart. Read the article “Language revitalization” for an interesting take on the issue.

From the blogosphere

16 April 2011

There is a new speaker of Delaware (del): A New Lenape Speaker! at SAIVUS

Native American Language Fair attracts more than 600 students: Oklahoma Native youth language fair on Pictographs.

Revitalization movement trying to save Breton (bre): Language News:Bretons fight to save language from extinction – CNN.com on the LingEducator Blog

The Fifth Celtic Language

11 June 2007

According to Wikipedia, Charles Leland referred to the language Shelta (sth) as the fifth Celtic language (family), though with at least Irish Gaelic (gle), Scottish Gaelic (gla), Manx (glv); Breton (bre), Cornish (cor) and Welsh (cym), there are certainly more than five.

The speakers of Shelta are known as Travellers, a people also commonly known by the derogatory term “Tinker” because of the tin work they are known for.

Richard Waters has a Website dedicated to the Travellers in the US, called Travellers’ Rest. This site includes English > US Shelta and US Shelta > English dictionaries as well as links, music, essays and notes about some of the controversies surrounding the Travellers.

Although related to Gaeilge, the syntax is largely based on English.

Parts of R. A. Stewart Macalister’s 1937 The Secret Languages of Ireland can be found at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and Kobo Books, the vocabulary starting on page 174. Some of the other parts can be found on those sites as well.

Two other nomadic groups are the Romani (or Roma) and Sanka.