|Mark – With reference to the Cornish language you will find that the Bryothonic (British) tongue was spoken across most of Britain before the arrival of the Romans and survived with many Latinisations by them. It was the Saxons who used the word wealas (most likely meaning foreigners) to refer to any inhabitants who were not like them. From which is derived the name of Wales and the Wall of Cornwall. After Wessex’s victory at Deorham around 577 the Britons of the West Country were cut off from those of Wales and as such the languages evolved separately into Modern Welsh & Cornish. The bryothonic languages would have survived in pockets spoken throughout the West Country until being superseded by the Saxon tongue as Wessex expanded. Both what you call West Country Brythonic and Cornish are separate languages derived from a Common root. Like any language it continuously evolves and once speakers are cut of from each other the language will diverge into separate languages. The Cornish that was spoken in say the 10th Century would be very different to that of the 17th Century, which does lead to confusion in finding an accurate modern pronunciation as it is based on the interpretations of texts and manuscripts from different periods. I do not know of any surviving texts or manuscripts from any other Bryothonic tongue so as such would assume it would be very difficult to resurrect this language.|
Tim … yes, we should get together to publish some useful ammo. I’m sure the Executive Committee of the Cornish Constitutional Convention might welcome that sort of practical support. But we should check they haven’t already published it (eg through their website) before reinventing that sort of wheel! As for the housing policies you’ve suggested, those sort of measures might make a lot of sense. They are partly the responsibility, currently, of District Councils, and would remain so under either the Government’s proposals for a Regional Assembly (whatever its boundaries) or the Convention’s more powerful Senedh Kernow. I like the idea of the Stannary Parliament altering the Duchy’s land rights and priveliges, but I suspect it might also be necessary to change primary legislation in the UK Parliament, with or without devolution of power to a Senedh Kernow. Tell us more, Tim … how would the Stannary process work?
Adrian Watts, Flushing, Falmouth