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Cornish language is put in spotlight

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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An MP who used Cornish to swear his oath allegiance to Parliament has given the ancient tongue another boost by appearing in a TV show for people learning the language.

Liberal Democrat Dan Rogerson, who represents North Cornwall, has a guest slot in this month's episode of Tamm ha Tamm, a series of short online programmes designed to help people learn conversational Cornish.

Now in its second series, Tamm ha Tamm is a joint venture by the Cornish Language Partnership (MAGA) and myCornwall.tv and was set up to offer an alternative to evening classes.

"I have always stood up to promote and protect Cornish as an integral part of the region's distinct heritage and culture and I try to use and promote our language as much as possible," said Mr Rogerson.

The latest episode sees the main character, Steve Penhaligon, visit the MP in the Houses of Parliament in order to deliver a lesson on giving and understanding directions. Mr Rogerson was joined in the episode by his Liberal Democrat colleague and fellow Cornish MP, Andrew George.

"Tamm ha Tamm is a fantastic resource for anyone with an interest in the Cornish language and I was delighted to be able to bring the programme to Parliament," said Mr Rogerson. "MAGA does an outstanding job in promoting Kernewek and resources like this are a vital part of raising the profile and securing the future of the language. It is really important that we continue the revival of Cornish and sustain it for future generations."

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  • cweatherhill  |  October 10 2012, 9:13AM

    The Cornish language has been shamefully neglected by TV and radio, but this wasn't always the case - with commercial TV at any rate: the BBC (EBC) has always despised it. Many years ago, TSW ran a series of instructional programmes for the language, called "An Canker Seth", based around a pub and a fixed pool of characters. I still have a copy of the script for that, which TSW had on general sale. Some years later, Westcountry TV had an hour-long programme called "Kernowpalooza", showing Cornish being used in modern contexts. We need more of that.

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