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What’s with this “Wren” thing?
The oldest extant version of the fable
are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology
Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche
Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”)
collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read
Pentreath’s memorial plaque—in English rather than
in Cornish ...
information: Cornish is the pre-English language of Cornwall. Being a Brythonic Celtic language,
it is closely related to Welsh (Wales), Breton (France) and the now extinct
(or Cumbric) of England’s Cumbria and Scotland’s Southern Lowlands and Gaulish of France.
Cornish is more distantly related
to the Goidelic Celtic languages Manx,
Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic and Shelta. Cornish continued to function as a
community language until the late 18th century (Dolly Pentreath of Mousehole
who died in 1777). However, native speakers
were still located in the late 19th century. The
last native speaker, Alison Treganning, died in 1906.
Cornish came to
be revived in the early 20th century. Currently approximately 3,500
and write basic Cornish, and approximately 500
speak and write it fluently at higher levels of proficiency. Furthermore, lately
there have been reports about some children for whom revived Cornish is the