[Spellyans] " 'Breakthrough' rung"
eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jul 21 18:03:16 IST 2008
On 21 Jul 2008, at 14:03, Craig Weatherhill wrote:
> . . . It does make one wonder why we continue to do what we do.
Hentry Jenner famously posed a similar question in 1904 in his Handbook:
> Why should Cornishmen learn Cornish ? There is no money in it, it
> serves no practical purpose, and the literature is scanty and of no
> great originality or value.
> The question is a fair one, the answer is simple.
> Because they are Cornishmen.
Despite its manifest flaws, the gist of his answer is still as valid
today as it was a century ago -- so long as we make allowances for
him ignoring (a) the female half of the human race, and (b) non-
Cornish people who might wish to learn Cornish.
So, to paraphrase Jenner,
> Why should anyone learn Cornish? . . . Because they love the
> language (or its literature, history, landscape, people . . .)
So, Craig, does that answer your question? Nicholas is English,
Michael's an American, I'm a Cornish-Scots mongrel, Pat's of the
female persuasion . . . There's Bretons, Welsh, Germans . . . Gar!
there might even be the odd pure-blooded Cornish male on this list,
for all I know. Yet, somehow, Jenner's answer probably resonates with
each of us.
I know it does with me!
As for the pissants of the Kesva, try taking a longer view: their
writings and their spurious orthography will die with them; like
acne, they are an affliction of the Revival in its adolescence.
Only the best will be considered worth reading by generations yet
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