Friday, 6 April 2007

Signpost!



The Cornish have their own language, if you look on the "Welcome..." signpost, you'll notice the word 'Heyl'at the bottom left of the sign, this is the Cornish spelling of 'Hayle'. (I would have liked to had taken a close-up on the sign...)

It is said, the Cornish Language is a direct descendant of the ancient language spoken by the Celtic settlers who inhabited Cornwall and most of the British Isles long before the Roman conquest. Cornish is a member of the Celtic family of languages comprising Irish, Scots and Manx Gaelic, Welsh and Breton.

The Cornish language never actually died out, there are still huge groups dedicated to the revival and education of the language. One group in particular is the Cornish Language Fellowship. Here in Hayle, there is a group of people who gather weekly at a local pub and converse only in Cornish.

The Cornish word for 'Cornish' is - Kernewek

The Cornish word for 'Cornwall' is - Kernow

3 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I learn something everytime I visit a new blog. I do think that this is my first visit to your blog. It is a nice blog. I like your photography.

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thesalems said...

There's a Hayle village on the outskirts of Liverpool wonder if there's a past link with your Hayle in Cornwall???

ICE_Molly said...

thesalems>> don't know, but if you ever find out, let me know ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!!