Dynnerghi Dhe Geskewsel - Welcome To Keskewsel

What's Keskewsel About?

Yn sempel; Yeth Kernewek yw an dra. Dyski dhe dus fatell dh'y devnydhya, ha ri dhedha spas lowr rag praktis rag dos ha bos freth.  -  Put simply; it's about the Cornish language. Teaching people to use it and giving them enough opportunity to practice it to become fluent.

Wherefore art thou Yeth Kernewek?

An govynn yw klywys yn lieskweyttha a-dro dhe''n Yeth Kernewek yw; ''prag yth yw Yeth Kernewek?''. An gorthyp yw, haval orth Kembra, nyns yw Kernow Sowsnek. Pan veu gwrys an emlow Pow Sows, yth esa Kernow (Kembra-West dell o dhe'n termyn na) yn-mes dhedha, ha nevra ny wrug henna chanjya. Yma yeth aga honan dhe'n genedhel a dus a drig yn Kernow rag an keth skila ha dhe''n Kembrian, drefenn aga gonisogeth dhe vos yn-fyw a-dhia termyn kyns an Romanyon, ha''n Yeth Kernewek, haval orth an wonisogeth, a ragdhydh an Sowsnek dre gansow po milyow a vlydhen.  -  The question which is probably heard most often about the Cornish language is; ''how come there is one?'' The answer is that Cornwall, like Wales, is not English. When the borders of England were established, Cornwall (West-Wales as it was known then) was outside of them, and that has never changed. The nation of people living in Cornwall have their own language for the same reason as the Welsh do; because their culture has been around since before the Romans, and the Cornish language, like the culture, predates the English by hundreds if not thousands of years.

So where's it been all this time?

Dres ughdhevnydhyans a Sowsnek yn kenwerth hag y'n gwelhevin, devnydhyans a Gernewek a fyllis tamm ha tamm bys dhe'n vyldhynyow 1800, pan esa hi kov pell, godhvedhys gans marnas dornas a dus, mes yth esa ragwel lowr dhe nebes a'n dornas na dhe aswonn y fo hi mynnys arta ha'y giwtha, yn skrif dre vras, rag may fo lowr anedhi gesys rag an re a's talvos dh''y dassevel ha'y dehwel dhe'n gemmynieth, an le yw gwiw.  -  Because of the prevalence of English in commerce and in the ruling-classes, use of Cornish gradually faded until by the 1800's it was a distant memory known only to a handfull, but some of those handfull were foresighted enough to realise that it might be wanted again and preserved it, mainly in writing, so that we who value it and want it back have enough of it left to rebuild it and put it back in the community where it belongs. 

And where are we now?

Daskomprehendyans a'n Yeth Kernewek y'n gemmynieth a dhallathas yn tiwysyk a-varr y'n vlydhynyow 1900, hag yma kemmynieth a gows Yeth Kernewek dhyn arta. Kemmynieth vyghan yw, heb kres doroniethel, mes yma hi ow tevi yn skon. An diwettha arhwithrans, yn 2007, a dhegemmeras gorthybow diworth 710 kernewegor diworth niver dismygys a 1500, 710 yw ynkressyans a 43% moy es an 5 blydhen kyns; yn mysk an degvlydhynyow 80, niver a gernewegoryon o dismygys a-dro dhe 40. Ha nyns yw henna marnas an poblans tevesik; moy ha moy a skolyow a dhysk Kernewek ynwedh. Yma klassow tevesik oll a-dro dhe Gernow keffry ha Loudres, Ostrali hag Amerika Gledh. Moy ha moy a werthjiow ha gwiasvaow a dheu ha bos diwyethek, ha skon, ty a vydh gweles myns bras moy a arwoedh-stret diwyethek yn Kernow.  -  The re-installation of Cornish Language back into the community started in earnest in the early 1900's, and we''re now back in the position where we have a Cornish-speaking community again. It's a small community, with no real geographical centre, but it's growing fast. The last survey, in 2007, received answers from 710 confirmed Cornish-speakers out of an estimated 1500, the 710 being a 43% increase on the previous 5 years; in the mid-80's the number of speakers was estimated at around 40. And that's just the adult population; more and more schools are teaching Cornish as well. There are adult classes all over Cornwall as well as in London, Australia and North America. More and more shops and websites are going bilingual and you'll soon be seeing a lot more bilingual street-signs in Cornwall. 

It''s back.

Dehwelys yw, bys vykken. Mir orth an folenn Nowodhow rag nowodhow yn kever an pyth a wra hi nessa!  -  It''s back and it''s staying. Watch the news page for updates on what it''s up to!  

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Gwerthji Keskewsel

Soweth, an gwerthji dhe Reskammel a vydh degea penn mis Ebryl. Meur ras dhe'n dus oll a wrug godriga dre'n blydhnyow yw passys; pes da en vy dh'agas gweles. 

Unfortunately, the Camelford shop will close at the end of April. Many thanks to everyone who visited over the last three years; it was great to see you all.   


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