Agan yeth

Posted on January 8th, 2016

Agan yeth, Kernewek, yw onan a’n teylu Keltek, kehavel yn ogas dhe Vretonek ha Kembrek ha pella gans Gwydhalek Iwerdhon, Alban ha Manow.

An oos dyworth 1200 dhe 1600 OK o, martesen, an ughboynt rag Kernewek gans dramas meur kryjek skrifys orth Kolji Glasnedh, Pennrynn, ha bos performys yn lies plen an gwari. Mes an Dasfurvyans a dhros herdhyans a Sowsnek yn eglos.  Yn 1549 an gernowyon re rebellyas hag y ledhis lies mil gernewegoryon .

Dhe dhalleth nownsegves kansbledhen y ferwis an yeth avel taves kewsys kemenieth, kynth o pup-prys nebes pobel kolonnek neb a withas les. Lemmyn, wosa kansbledhen a dhasserghyans, yth yw an yeth, unnweyth arta yeth vew ha rann dhe les a honanieth an pobel kernewek.

Our language, Cornish, is one of the Celtic family of languages, closely related to Breton and Welsh. The period from 1200 to 1600 AD was perhaps the heyday of Cornish with epic religious dramas being performed in the numerous outdoor amphitheatres (plen an gwari).

But the Reformation brought enforced use of the English language in church. In 1549 the Cornish rebelled and many thousands of Cornish speakers were killed. By the early nineteenth century the language had died as a spoken community language, although there were always a few determined people who maintained an interest.

Now, the language is once again a living language and a vitally important part of the identity of Cornish people.