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Language: Breton

  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 08:53 PM

Speakers of France’s endangered languages demand recognition

The Observers
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets all over France this weekend to defend the country’s minority languages. These have been spoken in different regions of France for centuries, but are slowly dying off. With the first round of the French presidential election just three weeks away, speakers of endangered tongues are trying to get candidates to take their concerns seriously.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 10:56 PM

50,000 people claiming for regional languages rights in France

Celtic News
Kemper/Quimper - 10,000 in Quimper, 20,000 in Toulouse, thousands in the Pays Basque, in Alsace, in Catalonia, is an unprecedented success for a protest march, aimed at requiring due rights for regional languages. It was a beautiful day, Odet river banks full of flowers, Breton bagadoù bands marching, a truck decorated with unilingual French road signs draining lots of young people on board...
  • Mar 30, 2012
  • 05:39 PM

Protesters support regional languages

The Connexion
Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that “If you love France you don’t propose ratifying the regional languages charter”. Marine Le Pen is also among those opposed. Eva Joly, François Bayrou and François Hollande favour the idea. The views of Front de Gauche candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon are, however, “convoluted and confusing”, according to a Quimper organiser, Patrig Herve, who said he hoped the party would send a representative to clarify its stance.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 01:20 PM

France a 'rogue state' on regional languages

Simon Hooper /
Despite its precarious situation, Breton has no formal status in France. It is not offered as a language of education in the public school system, the state makes no provision for regional language media, and it is not used in government or public services. Once home to a vibrant multitude of tongues, the monolingualism of modern France is enshrined in article two of the country's constitution, rooted in the revolutionary principles of 1789, which reads: “The language of the Republic shall be French.”
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:31 PM

Celtic Leage Conference 2011: Key Note Speech

Peter Berresford Ellis / Agence Bretagne Presse
In his speech Mr Berresford Ellis explores some of the developments within the Celtic countries over the fifty year period from when the League was first established in 1961.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 02:58 PM

Language in words few take on board

Stuart Kelly /
It’s well known that Hugh MacDiarmid, the genius poet who did more than anyone to resurrect Scots as a literary language, was not picky about where his Scots came from. A poem might mix Doric with Borders, and the very name he gave to it – “synthetic Scots” – contains both the idea of synthesis and the idea of artificiality.
  • Aug 03, 2011
  • 11:25 PM

Death of the Breton linguist Per Denez

P. Argouarch / Agence Bretagne Presse
Brought up only by his mother, a professional dressmaker, in the city of Rennes, where the Breton language is not spoken, he had learned it by himself since the age of 13 and later while attending activist circles for Brittany during his university studies. He stayed in Rennes during the German occupation. At that time he met Roparz Hemon, the father of the Breton language revival...
  • May 05, 2011
  • 06:36 PM

New start for Agence Bretagne Presse

Fabien Lecuyer / Agence Bretagne Presse
...In this aim we shall launch new developments articulated on three lines: – 1 / To strengthen the place of the Breton language. Initiatives will be launched on this subject in the next few weeks.