Lessons of language loss stay the same (Wales)

Dave Sayers D.Sayers at SWANSEA.AC.UK
Thu Dec 20 09:33:14 UTC 2012


"The census information on the state of the Welsh language, published yesterday and shown in the
table below, give the bare outline details. More information will be available at the end of January
in which we will be able to se what is happening at more local community level across Wales.

We will be running some articles by specialist commentators next week but it is possible, on an
initial glance to come to a few conclusions. First of all, the overall decline is far from
catastrophic – mush less, for example, than occurred between 1961 and 1971 when the overall
statistics fell by 26 per cent to 19.8 per cent."

(More if you click the link.)


The comments beneath the article are just as interesting as the article itself, if not more so. In
general the comments on clickonwales.org articles are a slightly more formal and informed version of
the much more vitriolic comments that fly around in the Welsh blogosphere on this topic.

Note: I am not the 'Dave' in these comments, or the 'David', or any of the other likely pseudonyms.
I'm just a bystander.

Happy Christmas folks :)


Dr. Dave Sayers
Honorary Research Fellow, Arts & Humanities, Swansea University
and Visiting Lecturer (2012-2013), Dept English, Åbo Akademi University
dave.sayers at cantab.net

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