Cornwall and the British-Irish Council

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Post by Tumbled » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:58 pm

This is from the British-Irish Council (The Council of the Isles ) website -

The purpose of the British-Irish Council is to promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the peoples of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. In 2002, it was agreed that the Welsh Assembly Government would have responsibility for taking forward work in the area of indigenous, minority and lesser-used languages.

Each BIC member has a rich linguistic inheritance and all members are keen to reap the potential advantages of linguistic diversity by collaborating, sharing best practices, disseminating information and material and learning from each other’s experiences in a number of different areas.

Members of the British-Irish Council are currently focusing on 3 specific areas:- Considering the outcomes of research in the field of intergenerational language transmission; The structures that support indigenous-language learning in adult education; Identifying the priorities for the respective languages in relation to the development of ICT. Indigenous, Minority and Lesser-Used Languages was the focus of the Fifth British-Irish Council Summit.

Minority and Lesser-Used Languages included:-

Cymraeg/The Welsh Language
Gaelg / The Manx Language
Gaidhlig / Gaelic in Scotland
An Ghaeilge/ The Irish Language
Jèrriais / The Jersey Language
Ulstèr-Scotch / The Ulster Scots Language

Does anyone know why Cornwall or the Cornish language is not represented on the British-Irish Council as I thought the Cornish language is now officially recognised by the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (and by the UK Government) ?

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