[Spellyans] Cornish Language Funding Cut

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Sun May 1 18:21:36 BST 2016

A gowetha-oll,

Another source of funding is the Heritage Lottery Fund (for Intangibles,
Language and Cultural Heritage).  Some years ago I worked with David Powell
and Associates as a consultant on this, and our proposals were accepted and
implemented by HLF.

The ICS has received subventions from HLF for projects involving Cornish
Language and schools.  Kowethas an Yeth likewise for a communities-oriented
language and landmarks project.

This is a source well worth exploring further as it has made grants for
Cornish language initiatives.

- an ken Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Ray
Sent: 30 April 2016 21:20
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Cornish Language Funding Cut

On 30 Ebr 2016, at 18:10, Michael Everson wrote:

> On 30 Apr 2016, at 12:58, Janice Lobb <janicelobb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Difficult to say what was state funding and what was council funding 
>> but, like Agan Tavas, the Cussel has had some small amounts of money 
>> from MAGA (e.g. my £5 a lesson fo expenses) and grants (the last one 
>> £400) - but never as much as we requested and sometimes "lost" in the 
>> bureaucratic system. I seem to remember that there was a policy of 
>> not funding publishing and I have never received any support for all 
>> the work I do teaching the diaspora on line (not that I need any).
> They didn’t fund publishing, and in fact, they never even ordered any 
> books. Ray Chubb’s Skeul an Tavas came out in three orthographies and 
> despite all the talk about schools, nobody ever placed an order for a 
> box or two.

We did sell a good number by skirting around the language office and going
directly to the School Libraries Service, half a box full perhaps.

A member of staff at the language office went so far as to say to an
enquirer that, (at the time of the call), there was no course book in the
SWF.  We were left wondering if the caller would have got the same reaction
if there had been a Cornish Language Board SWF course book.

> In Northern Ireland they bought three hundred copies of Alice in 
> Ulster Scots and gave it to children in the schools. And that was a 
> 27,000-word novel, not a short teaching grammar.
> So I don’t know. I never expected funding for publishing. That hasn’t 
> stopped me from being a prolific publisher. I did ask any number of 
> times to be funded in a small way to transcribe some of the audio 
> interviews they have into the I.P.A. so we could have verifiable data 
> about the phonology of the revived language. Was told “yes, later” 
> many times. Never happened. I did ask that I be able to make a 
> respectful and informative presentation to the SWF Review Panel about 
> “orthography, phonology, and why it matters” and was told that was a 
> good idea, but it was never allowed. Nor was my request to see the 
> complete texts of the various submissions to the SWF Review process 
> rather than the vague summaries that were provided.
> Well, all that means is that the current, revised SWF is actually more 
> inaccurate and more inconsistent than the original SWF, which we took 
> as the basis for Kernowek Standard.
> If UK money does help the Cornish language, I hope that some can be 
> provided. But as far as I can see, it’s not really helped any of the 
> organizations generating real content in Cornish.

Perhaps the Government has been smart enough to spot the bias in the system,
but I doubt it.

Just come back from a good display of quality books at Trevithick Day,
mostly published without official funding.

> Michael Everson
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