What is the Breton language and where did it come from?
The Breton language, Brezhoneg in Breton, is a Celtic language spoken in Brittany, France. Breton is a Brittonic language brought from Great Britain to Armorica by migrating Britons during the Early Middle Ages; it.is.thus an Insular Celtic language and not closely related to the Gaulish language. Breton is most closely related to Cornish, as.both are Southwestern Brittonic languages. Welsh and the extinct Cumbric are more distantly-related Brittonic languages.
Having declined from more than one million speakers around 1950 to about 200,000, of.whom 61% are more than 60.years.old, in.the.first decade of the 21st century, Breton is classified as “severely endangered” by the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.
A minority language
How to fit a language judged as “a minority one” into an alive present, in order to give it new breath? From this interest in a.mintority language, how to begin an enriching dialogue between the French and the Breton language? Further: how to transform or even abolish this border which is more than linguistic, between the French and Breton language, languages which are both engaging in their own way, culture and which include a unique vision of the world? How to begin a mutual exploration of the vision they can both offer throught a culture and a graphic language?
I am trying to forge a meaningful relationship between the French and the Breton languages by connecting identity and differences. My communication goal is to raise awareness of the composite characteristic of languages by picking up some points that people are not conscious of. I am inviting people to reflect on their own language and its communicative function by examining a different one.