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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Pocket Guide Series, A: Welsh Language, The
Janet Davies
ISBN: 9780708315163 (070831516X)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 186x123 mm, 136 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £5.00   
Does dim Adolygiad Cwsmer i'r teitl hwn.
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Cyflwyniad cynhwysfawr i darddiad a datblygiad yr iaith Gymraeg o'r 9fed i'r 20fed ganrif, mewn cyfrol boced ddefnyddiol ac arddull hawdd-ei-ddeall. 21 o ffotograffau a lluniau du-a-gwyn a 10 map. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 1999.

A comprehensive introduction to the origins and development of the Welsh language from the 9th to the 20th century, in a useful pocket-volume and an easy-to-read format. 21 black-and-white photographs and illustrations and 10 maps. First published in 1999.
There is in Wales a great thirst for knowledge about the Welsh language, as well as knowledge of it, as the reported popularity of Huw Edwards’s recent The Story of Welsh on BBC Wales has proved. In this pocket guide, Janet Davies goes over much of the same material, but her story is informed by her own personal perspective as a person born and brought up in a predominantly English-speaking part of Wales with English as her first language. It is with this audience uppermost in mind that she has produced this easily accessible guide. However, those who consider themselves to be pretty well versed in Welsh would do well to read it, not only for the invaluable nuggets of information which will be new to them, but also in order to access a refreshingly different perspective on the 'story of Welsh'.

The origins of the language are dealt with in the first chapter. The second takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride from an inscription in Early Welsh (c.810) to the census of 1951. The author’s dry sense of humour bobs to the surface in the most unexpected places. In discussing the influence of Norse on the English language in comparison to Welsh, for example, she informs us that ‘rotten’, ‘ugly’ and ‘husband’ are Norse borrowings in English. The state of Welsh from the 1960s to the end of the 1990s, characterized by a decline in number of speakers but an increase in status, is the subject of the third chapter. In the fourth, the language is placed in its European context, and includes material which might have been more digestible if it had been included where appropriate in the preceding chapters. The final chapter gives a brief introduction to the grammatical characteristics of the language.

While she reminds us that the roots of Welsh in Britain go back at least 2,500 years and that for the vast majority of that period Wales has been predominantly (monolingually) Welsh-speaking, Janet Davies reveals that English has been the spoken language of some communities in Wales for at least 800 years. In her postscript she claims provocatively that 'the future of Welsh language must depend on the ability of those who speak it to come to terms with the existence of English in Wales'. Some of us would argue that we are all too aware of its existence already.

Richard Crowe

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgement should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

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