Cornish

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A language of United Kingdom

Alternate Names
Curnoack, Kernewek, Kernowek
Population

No known L1 speakers. Ethnic population: 469,000 (1991 census).

Location

Southwest, Duchy of Cornwall.

Language Status

9 (Dormant).

Dialects

Related to Breton [bre], Welsh [cym], Gaulish (extinct), Irish [gle], Manx Gaelic [glv] (extinct), and Scottish Gaelic [gla].

Language Use

Religious services held in Cornish. Evening classes, correspondence courses, summer camps, children’s play groups. May have been extinct as L1 as early as 1777 but now being revived. Some children grow up bilingual in English.

Language Development
Taught in some schools. New media. NT: 2002–2004.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

A few L2 speakers in Canada and Australia. Christian.