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Facts about the Welsh language overlooked

As a Welshman living in Northern Ireland, may I offer a couple of facts correcting some reports on the Welsh language?

Firstly, Welsh, although related to Irish, is not a Gaelic language: it is Brythonic. The same is true of Cornish and Breton.

Secondly, Welsh is not and has never been in danger of becoming a language of interest only to academics.

It is spoken fluently by more than half a million people, just under 20% of the population of Wales.

Many more can understand or speak it to some degree. Furthermore, it is still possible to travel through Wales, north to south, without ever leaving recognisably Welsh-speaking territory.

Corwyn Rogers

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