The Welsh Language

Although English is the most commonly used language in Wales the Welsh language is still vital to the country and is an official language of the region. This language is still very much promoted and taught throughout the Wales.

Welsh is a language that is native to only to Wales. It has been in use since the sixth century and is based mainly on the Brythonic class of languages but some words are borrowed from Latin and from modern English. Much of this is thanks to the advancement of the language in 1588 when William Morgan translated the Bible into Welsh. The rise of English workers in Wales during the Industrial Revolution helped to influence some sentence structure patterns.

In this language there are twenty-eight letters with some of these letters, including ch, dd, ll and rh, being characters that are used to symbolize individual sounds. The letters w and y are considered to be vowels alongside the five traditional English vowels.

Possessive words are used as pronouns to symbolize a person’s interest in something. Also, auxiliary verbs are commonly used in present tense speech.

A major part of this language is that there are two different styles that are spoken and written. The literary form is used for formal communication and literary writings while the colloquial form is for informal speech and writings. The literary form uses more inflected verbs and fewer pronouns. Also, more words in the literary form are based on English words.

Today this language is still important to Wales. According to the Welsh Language Act of 1993 the language is to be treated equally with the English language. With this in mind many signs and documents in Wales are in both languages. Also, students in schools are required to study the language until they are sixteen years of age.

The Welsh language is important to the country, this is a language that has evolved over the years and features many different aspects that deal with its letters and sentence structures as well as how its words have been taken from other languages.