Saturday, July 23, 2005

Cornish patsy?

Lest my post earlier today about the use of non-Roman writing systems in domain names causes you to think I am anti-foreign-languages: far from it.

Our dear friend the Grauniad reports on trouble afoot in Cornwall, where attempts to popularise the Cornish language are being undermined by the fact that no two people seem to agree on how you should spell it.

I hope they come to an agreement quickly and get on with keeping Cornish alive. Linguistic diversity is one of mankind's greatest assets - yet it is being eroded almost as quickly as species diversity. If the proponents of Cornish can build up a sustainable speaker base (hey, did you hear that? Can I come and work for your management consultancy?), then that is all to the good.


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