on 21 April 2011
Bought this book as it was recommended on a Welsh learners site i'm on. This book details the history of the subjugation of Wales and the attempts to eradicate the Welsh language. It also highlights how these things still resonate today, with some 'welsh' people buying into the notion that Welsh should become a dead language. The book highlights the length some people and organisations will go to to portray those Welsh people who wish to hold onto their heritage [which includeds their language] as racists and stiring up fear of the language [and those who speak it] in the minds of those Welsh people who do not speak the language of their country due to the 'Betrayal of the Blue Books'as well as the 'Acts of Union'.
The author poses some difficult questions about the future of not only Wales and the Welsh language but also of other countries/regions and the attempts by dominant languages to kill off other 'minority' languages: Catalan and Breton to name but two.
A great read for people interesting in the history colonialisation and its effects on indiginous peoples.
on 21 October 2012
Language is at once both liberating and oppressive. An attempt to separate this fact of life is both frustrating and useless. Thus to speak of a Welsh language or identity as separate from an English language or identity is meaningless. To use Welsh as a means to gain power and political independence is not merely an act of freedom, but also an act of oppression,since this move inevitably leaves somebody out.
Unfortunately no revolution has yet taken place in Wales; transformation can only arise from self consciousness and the understanding of the paradox and ambiguity of identity.