cornish language

cornish language

Cornish language

It is said that Dolly Pentreath was the last person to speak Cornish of mousehole died in 1777

Cornish language is derived from the Brythonic languages with common roots with both Breton and Welsh

Cornish is a Southwestern Brittonic language of the Celtic language family.

The words “Cornwall “and Cornish derived from Celtic tribe cornovii

The Cornish were often at war with the Saxons who referred them as Cornwalas (the Cornish)

Throughout the Middle Ages the Cornish were seen as separate from the rest of England with there own language society and customs

Cornish rebellion 1497 was unsuccessful. in 1497 the Cornish protested about paying tax for the invasion of north England saying that it had nothing to do with them 15,000 rebels marched on to London 1,000 of these rebels were killed and their leaders put to death.

Cornish rebels again protested in 1549 as regards the act of uniformity which outlawed all languages except English from church services. over 4,000 people protested and were massacred by king Edward VI army

In 2002 the Cornish language was granted official recognition under the European charter for minority languages

English (anglicised) place-name Cornish place-name Translation
Truro Truru Three Roads
Falmouth Aberfala Mouth [of] Fal
Newquay Tewynblustri Dunes [of] Pleustri
Penzance Pennsans Head Holy i.e. Holy Headland
Redruth Resrudh Ford Red
Camborne Kammbronn Camm (crooked) Hill
St Austell Sen Ostel Saint Ostel
Bodmin Bosvena Abode [of] Monks
Liskeard Lyskerrys Court [of the] Crossroads
Launceston Lannstevan Land [of] St Stephen

Cornish Language sayings and phrases