The Welsh Language: A History

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University of Wales Press, Jan 15, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
The existence of the Welsh-language can come as a surprise to those who assume that English is the foundation language of Britain. However, J. R. R. Tolkien described Welsh as the ‘senior language of the men of Britain’. Visitors from outside Wales may be intrigued by the existence of Welsh and will want to find out how a language which has, for at least fifteen hundred years, been the closest neighbour of English, enjoys such vibrancy, bearing in mind that English has obliterated languages thousands of miles from the coasts of England.

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List of Illustrations
List of Maps
A Personal Perspective
The Origins of Welsh
Welsh in the Early British Kingdoms
Welsh in the Middle Ages
From the Act of Union to the Industrial Revolution
Welsh in the Later Nineteenth Century
Welsh in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
The Second World War and After
The Welsh Language Today
Welsh and the Other NonState Languages of Europe
The Characteristics of Welsh
Postscript Further Reading

The Welsh Language in the Era of Industrialization

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