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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Welsh in the Twenty-First Century
Delyth Morris
ISBN: 9780708323007 (0708323006)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi: Mehefin 2010  Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press
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Dyma gyfrol sy'n dadansoddi cyflwr yr iaith Cymraeg ar ddechrau'r unfed ganrif ar hugain. Ceir yma gyfraniadau gan ysgolheigion blaenllaw ym meysydd cymdeithaseg a pholisi iaith. Amcan y gyfrol yw cyfoethogi ein dealltwriaeth o'r iaith Gymraeg fel iaith fyw.

This book analyses the state of the Welsh language at the beginning of the twenty-first century, with contributions from leading scholars in the fields of sociology and language policy. The intention is to update our current understanding of Welsh as a living language.
This attractive little book comprises a stimulating collection of seven discrete scholarly essays focussing on various aspects of the Welsh language at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The stimulus for its publication, born of a conviction that the demise of the University of Wales as a fully-fledged federal institution was now imminent, came from Roy Thomas at a meeting of the Economics and Sociology Section of the University of Wales Guild of Graduates in November 2006. It has been well edited by Dr Delyth Morris of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Bangor University.

The opening article by Glyn Williams, doyen of Welsh sociology, takes as its theme the worth of the Welsh language in the new economy of the twenty-first century, focussing on its potential role in three related areas – education, language planning and the economy. His views, often contentious, are unfailingly absorbing and challenging and provide a firm context for the pieces which follow.

The prolific scholar sociologist, Colin Williams, contributes an essay based on a vast amount of research and reading on the implementation of the seminal 1993 Welsh Language Act and its effects on the Welsh public sector. A number of sharply contrasting case studies of various Welsh local authorities and agencies are carefully considered by the author who points up the many inconsistencies and anomalies and the generally disappointing provision for the language.

Colin Baker focuses on the key issue of Welsh and bilingualism within the education system and also looks at the contemporary situation in the United States. In a closely related analysis, the volume’s editor, Delyth Morris, analyses young bilingual Welsh/English speakers aged between thirteen and seventeen years in twelve distinct parts of Wales. She underlines the necessity ‘to maintain the significant social institutions that reinforce Welsh in community life’ (p 4).

In a more technical analysis, Enlli Môn Thomas and Robert Mayr look at how young children acquire an understanding of the Welsh mutation rules and the use of gender in the Welsh language. The theme of Hywel M. Jones in a study based primarily on the findings of the 2001 Census is the ‘age profile and out-migration’ in relation to Welsh speakers. In the final essay, three authors digest the attitudes and behaviour of some 260 English in-migrants to the Welsh-speaking areas of north-west Wales, concluding that most were positive and supportive of the language.

The contributions are all stimulating, fully referenced and many include tables of statistics and relevant maps to illustrate their themes. This is certainly a volume which will re-pay detailed study.

J. Graham Jones


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

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Dr Delyth Morris is senior lecturer in Sociology and Social policy at Bangor University.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
This detailed study analyses how the use, learning, understanding teaching, evolution and promulgation of the language are developing in the brave new world of the twenty-first century where Welsh is spreading to the internet, electronic dictionaries and encyclopaedias.
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