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Re: 'language destroyers' (was: What to Call Non-Conlangers)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, March 6, 2005, 7:23
On Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 07:00 , Ray Brown wrote:

> On Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 03:44 , Sally Caves wrote:
>> Ahem! Think of nineteenth-century Wales. Little miners' sons in school >> with signs on them: "Do not speak Welsh to me." > > Yes, the sign was on a small wooden board, hung around the offenders neck; > it was known as the "Welsh Tongue".
OOOPS!! Did I write that? Sorry - it mut have been a senior moment. The things was called the "WELSH KNOT" (being of course a pun on 'Welsh not').
> However, it has to be admitted that > in the industrialized parts of southern Wales in the 19th century, the > Welsh-speakers themselves for the most part pro-actively supported the > English only policy in schools.
[etc. snipped] The rest however is AFAIK true - it is certainly what I had been told many times during the 22 yesrs I lived in south Wales. Ray =============================================== =============================================== Anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight, which is not so much a twilight of the gods as of the reason." [JRRT, "English and Welsh" ]