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HuffPo Article/Video on Manx (Gaelic) Language Revival

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Manx, a sister language of Irish spoken on the Isle of Man, has taken linguists' notice for making a comeback after being declared officially extinct 45 years ago with the death of its last "native" speaker. Now a new generation is graduating from Manx-speaking schools and the language is increasingly accessible thanks to community-sourced apps and book translations. People involved in the work hope that it will not only promote the Manx language, but create the tools other communities need to help preserve their minority languages as well.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/k-david-harrison/manxs-surprising-revival_b_6725490.html

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
Windrammer
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Get all the Celtic languages on here and let Duo do it's magic keeping them alive and strengthening them!

(Welsh first though, I really want to learn Welsh while I still have the time)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

Eh. I think it's highly debatable how much influence Duolingo has on the future of the languages. Especially given the issues that have arisen with the Irish course (e.g. non-native pronunciation).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewjeo
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I actually could see it having a substantial effect on Manx in particular, given its very limited population. I would say that's a very different case from Irish, which seems to suffer more from disinterest than from a lack of resources.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

That's actually a really good point. Doubly so because the issue I have with everyone saying Duolingo is saving Irish is the fact that Duolingo's numbers are highly misleading. But, with Manx, it does become more likely, because of the size of the community.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buachaill

Nothing will change the fact that for nearly 200 years, Irish has been on the decline; the best we can hope for is that something, anything will survive. Duolingo is giving the world an opportunity to view the death of a great and noble culture, at the hands of it's own people. Through Duo, those who are actually motivated to learn (i.e. Non-Irish people) can now maintain what we have lost for our vanity.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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Don't worry, I don't have completely blind faith in Duolingo (I just use it as an excuse to get Welsh on here).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Amen!

I would love all the Celtic languages. BTW if you want to learn Manx maybe check my language of the day post on Manx for some resources.

Another Celtic language which has gone through revival is Cornish check it out!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buachaill

Now when you say it went extinct, how does that affect the language that is spoken today? Is it a Manx with Irish, Breton, Scottish, etc. influences because it was brain-dead so long, or have we literally raised us a Frankenstein here?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

There are plenty of recordings of it. It only went extinct in the 70s. And, even at that time, there were L2 learners - just no native speakers.

3 years ago