Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Nov 19 21:10:33 UTC 2004
NEW SURVEY SHOWS FRISIAN DECLINING WITH EVERY GENERATION
Ljouwert 11/19/2004 by Onno P. Falkena
Children in Friesland speak much more Dutch than Frisian than ever before.
According to a survey among parents of young children by the Frisian
broadcaster Omrop Fryslân only 34 % of all children are nowadays raised in
Frisian, while 54 % are raised in Dutch. Nine percent of the couples with
children raise their children bilingually. Twenty years ago 42 % of all
children were raised in Frisian, 48 % in Dutch and three percent
PLANS TO ENCOURAGE MORE IMMIGRANTS TO WALES ATTACKED
Abergele 11/19/2004 by Huw Morgan
The language pressure group Cymuned has attacked the Assembly Government of
Wales plans to encourage more people to move to Wales to live because this,
it says, would threaten the Welsh language even further. Its members are
threatening to act against the Assembly Government and to use international
law to stop these plans.
LANGUAGE ACTIVISTS PERSUADE MULTINATIONAL COMPANY TO USE THE WELSH LANGUAGE
Abergele 11/17/2004 by Huw Morgan
The international company Burger King has agreed to use the Welsh language
in one of its restaurants as a pilot scheme which it is hoped will
eventually lead to the language being used in all its restaurants in Wales.
This came about after pressure from members of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg
(The Welsh Language Society). From now on all the menus and signage at the
Burger King in the mid-Wales town of Aberystwyth will be bilingual.
SORBIANS URGED TO SAVE MONEY
Brussels 11/16/2004 by Brigitte Alfter
The Sorbian minority in Eastern Germany faces a possible loss of 10 percent
of its federal support in next year's budget. However, if the Sorbian
organisations carry through a number of serious administrational reforms
according to suggestions by the Federal German Administration Office,
further support will be forthcoming.
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