[Marxism] Indigenous languages on the British isles

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jun 15 14:16:46 MDT 2004

Despite its spread around the globe, the English language has yet to 
dominate Britain and Ireland. The past thirty years have seen a 
resurgence in indigenous languages such as Scots, Welsh, Gaelic, Romani, 
Cornish, Shetlandic, and Ullans—especially in poetry. Iwan Llwyd pays 
homage to Welsh, Peter Constantine gives us a brief history of Scots, 
and Gaelic reveals its glories in the poetry of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and 
Louis de Paor. We've included two poems from the Romany and a poem by 
Ray Edwards, who contemplates the fascinating history of "The Calendar" 
in Cornish. A sampling of poetry from the Scots includes work by Janet 
Paisley, Christopher Whyte, and Liz Niven. Christine de Luca serenades 
one of the world's most unforgiving climes in Shetlandic, and Charlie 
Gillen supplies a farmer's love song in Ullans, both descendants of the 
Scots language. Welsh Book of the Year finalist Owen Martell provides a 
preview of his short-listed novel, and Robin Llywelyn transports us 
to—and weirdly beyond—a Welsh prison.

full: http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/


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