[Spellyans] Why learn Cornish?
A. J. Trim
ajtrim at msn.com
Tue May 1 21:50:57 IST 2012
In order to make best use of this article, we might need the Cornish for
"fine-tunes the mind", "scalp electrodes" and the Cornish for "pattern of
brainwaves". I don't know what they would be in Cornish. I assume that these
are new concepts. Any ideas?
I gather from the article that if we take lots of trouble to learn a
difficult, almost dead language (e.g. Cornish) that very few people
understand, we might get to go daft a little bit slower. Makes sense ...
give them more funding !?
Could it just be that the clever people tend to pick up languages more
I suggest this as their next experiment:
Take two equivalent groups of monoglot English speakers. Talk to one group
in English only. Talk to the other group in English sometimes and an
unfamiliar language (e.g. Cornish) sometimes - so that the second group has
to know two languages to survive. Keep this up for a few years. (Yes, it's
difficult to set up the total-emersion environment.) In thirty years' time,
count the daft ones! Measure the difference. Draw conclusions. Hmm.
At least the number of Cornish speakers would have increased.
Andrew J. Trim
From: "Eddie Climo" <EDDIE_CLIMO at YAHOO.CO.UK>
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 6:02 PM
To: "Standard Cornish discussion list" <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Subject: [Spellyans] Why learn Cornish?
> Henry Jenner famously had a simple answer to the question, 'Why should a
> Cornishman learn Cornish?'
> Recently reported research from the US Northwestern University suggests
> that learning a second language 'boosts your brain power' and 'fine-tunes'
> your little grey cells—presumably even if you aren't either Cornish or
> Mind you, they also claim that bilinguals perform better at separating out
> speech from background noise. Despite speaking several languages, that's
> something I've always been very poor at doing!
> Eddie Climo
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