News : Cornwall to Greet Visitors in Cornish in Language Revival Bid
Cornwall, UK, Nov 5, 2015 -- Visitors to Cornwall could now be greeted in Cornish in an initiative to revive the language.
Reception staff in call centres across the county will be encouraged to greet callers in their native dialect.
In a move to stop the Cornish dialect dying out, Cornwall Council has created the Cornish Language Plan in a bid to teach and use it in everyday life.
The aim is to see the Celtic language used in documents and ultimately spoken "in pubs and on street corners".
The plan will "encourage use of Cornish greetings" by reception staff, call centre staff and officers and the creation of bilingual signs.
Cornish was spoken in Cornwall up to the nineteenth century, when it virtually disappeared.
The revival began in the early 20th century and the language has gradually been revitalised, due to the efforts of volunteers and speakers. In 2002 it was recognised under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
The first development strategy was adopted in 2005 and funding from Cornwall and from central government allowed the language to progress much more rapidly.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Cornwall Council (Cornish: Konsel Kernow) is the unitary authority for Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. The council, and its predecessor Cornwall County Council, has a tradition of large groups of independents, having been controlled by independents in the 1970s and 1980s. As of the 2013 election, it is run by an Independent-Liberal Democrat coalition.
Published: Friday, November 6, 2015