The Welsh Language

A Pocket Guide

Janet Davies

Janet Davies

Distributed for University of Wales Press

135 pages | halftones, maps, figures, tables | 5 x 7 1/4 | © 1999
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780708315163 Published April 2005 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
This accessible and comprehensive introduction traces the development of the Welsh language from its origins, which extend back at least 2,500 years within Britain, to the present day, when about half a million people speak Welsh.
Janet Davies offers a broad historical survey, looking at Welsh-language culture from sixth-century heroic poetry to television and pop music in the late twentieth century.  She considers the public status of the language from the Act of Union with England of 1536 to the enactment of the Welsh Language Act in 1993, compares the status of Welsh with that of other minority languages throughout Europe and provides a brief guide to pronunciation, dialect and grammar.
The Welsh Language - a Personal Perspective
1  The Origins of Welsh
2  The Changing Fortunes of the Language
3  The Welsh Language Today
4  Welsh and other Non-state Languages in Europe
5  A Note on the Characteristics of Welsh
Further Reading
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