Wednesday, 19 August 2009

La Manksalingvo Vivas!


The global cultural body UNESCO has agreed to change its classification of the Manx Gaelic language as ‘extinct’ following protests from the Island led by Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK.

The 2009 edition of the organisation’s Atlas of World Languages in Danger listed Manx as effectively dead, prompting a letter from the Chief Minister setting out the various reasons why the language should not be so regarded….

…The Chief Minister’s Office has now received a letter from UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, accepting the points made on behalf of Manx and confirming that its classification will be changed from ‘extinct’ to ‘critically endangered’, with an indication that it is in the process of revitalisation...

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