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  •  It was almost extinct not long ago. I remember (2+ / 0-)
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    blue muon, kyril

    hearing that it started being taught again by those in prison to the younger inmates during the Troubles. It apparently messed up the regional accents, a bit like TV in the US has given everyone California accents.

    I'm glad it's being taught in school again. The Welsh have, indeed, been very protective of their native tongue and made it part of the curriculum many years ago.

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
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    by FarWestGirl on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 02:36:03 PM PDT

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    •  I have cousins that lived on the Aran Islands (2+ / 0-)
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      FarWestGirl, kyril

      There first language as well as most everyone on the Island's was Irish.  Interestingly enough when they spoke english it would be with an american accident because most of the TV programs were american programs.  

      The English occupation nearly wiped out the language since teaching it was a crime you could be killed for.  But it persisted and was taught illegally within hedge row shools.  

      It would be a shame for the language to die out altogether, however, it is difficult to get students to study a language that is not even common in your own country.  

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