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Cornish (Kernowek or Kernewek) is a Brythonic Celtic language historically spoken by the Cornish people. The language has undergone a revival in recent decades and is widely considered to be an important part of Cornish identity, culture and heritage. It is a recognised minority language of the United Kingdom, protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and has a growing number of speakers. Along with Welsh and Breton, Cornish is directly descended from the ancient British language spoken throughout much of Britain before the English language came to dominate. The language was the main language of Cornwall for centuries until it was pushed westwards by English. Cornish continued to function as a common community language in parts of Cornwall until the late 18th century, and continued to be spoken in the home by some families into the 19th, and possibly 20th, centuries. A process to revive the language was started in the early 20th century, with a number of orthographical systems being in use until a Standard Written Form was agreed in 2008. In 2010 Unesco announced that its former classification of the language as extinct was no longer accurate. Since the revival of the language, many Cornish textbooks and works of literature have been published, and an increasing number of people are studying the language. Recent developments include Cornish music, independent films and children's books. A small number of children in Cornwall have been brought up to be bilingual native speakers, and the language is taught in many schools. The first Cornish language crèche opened in 2010.
Source : DBpedia

Names (more)

[af] Kornies
[am] ኮርንኛ
[ar] الكورنية
[an] Idioma cornuallés
[az] korniş dili
[bn] কর্ণিশ
[bs] korniški
[br] Kerneveureg
[bg] Корнуолски език
[ca] Còrnic
[cs] Kornština
[cv] Корн чĕлхи
[kw] Kernowek
[cy] Cernyweg
[da] Kornisk
[de] Kornisch
[el] Κόρνις
[en] Cornish language
[eo] Kornvala lingvo
[et] Korni keel
[eu] Kornubiera
[fo] Corniskt mál
[fa] زبان کورنی
[fi] Korni
[fr] Cornique
[fy] Kornysk
[gd] Còrnais
[ga] An Choirnis
[gl] Lingua córnica
[gv] Cornish
[gu] કોર્નિશ
[sh] Kornijski jezik
[he] קורנית
[hi] कोर्निश
[hr] Kornijski jezik
[hu] Korni nyelv
[ia] Lingua cornic
[id] Bahasa Kernowek
[is] Kornbreska
[it] Lingua cornica
[ja] コーンウォール語
[kn] ಕೋರ್ನಿಷ್
[ks] کورنِش
[kv] Керновса кыв
[ko] 콘월어
[lo] ຄໍນິຊ
[la] Lingua Cornubica
[lv] Kornu valoda
[li] Cornish
[lt] Kornų kalba
[ml] കോർണിഷ്
[mr] कॉर्निश भाषा
[mk] Корнски јазик
[mt] Korniku
[ms] Bahasa Cornish
[nl] Cornisch
[nn] Kornisk
[nb] kornisk
[no] Kornisk
[oc] Cornic
[or] କୋର୍ନିସ୍
[os] Корнаг æвзаг
[pl] Język kornijski
[pt] Língua córnica
[rm] Lingua cornica
[ro] Limba cornică
[ru] Корнский язык
[sk] Kornčina
[sl] Kornijščina
[se] kornagiella
[es] Idioma córnico
[sr] Корнишки
[sv] Korniska
[ta] கார்னிஷ்
[te] కోర్నిష్
[th] คอร์นิช
[tr] Kernevekçe
[uk] Корнська мова
[vi] Tiếng Cornish
[zh] 康瓦爾語

Language type : Living

Language resources for Cornish

Open Languages Archives

Cornish Wikipedia
Cornish Wiktionary
Wiktionary - Category:Cornish language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:cornique [fr]

Freelang Dictionary [en]
Omniglot encyclopedia [en]
Dictionnaires Lexilogos [fr]

Technical notes

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Following BCP 47 the recommended tag for this language is kw.

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ISO 639 Codes

ISO 639-1 : kw
ISO 639-2B : cor
ISO 639-2T : cor
ISO 639-3 : cor

Linked Data URIs

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Authority documentation for ISO 639 identifier: cor

Freebase ISO 639-3 : cor Country Information

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Metadata Registry : Countries and Languages