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Many people are quite surprised to learn that the UK is home to several indigenous languages. While English dominates as the primary language, indigenous languages like Welsh, Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, and Cornish are integral to the nation’s heritage. These languages, although spoken by minorities these days, play a crucial role in cultural identity, historical continuity, and linguistic diversity. Even to class speakers of these languages as minorities, brings about a label, an identity, which supposedly needs protection. Indigenous languages in the UK have ancient roots, predating the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons. Welsh, for instance, evolved from the Brythonic language spoken by the ancient Britons. Scots Gaelic has its origins in the Celtic language brought to Scotland by settlers from Ireland. Cornish, a member of the Brythonic branch of Celtic languages, was spoken in Cornwall until it nearly died out in the 18th century but has seen a revival in recent decades.
Weekly Audio: Indigenous Languages in the UK
16 cze 2024 20:41
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