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    Detailed census data relating to the Welsh language was released yesterday. Local authority figures & national figures had already been released & they showed a decrease in the percentage who speak Welsh (from 20.5% to 19%) nationally & a decline in the Welsh speaking West together with a small increase in Cardiff & a couple of other South Eastern areas.

    But the detailed figures give a more precise picture. The percentage of Welsh speakers is falling like a stone in many South Western wards, but the actual numbers are increasing rapidly in a number of inner city Cardiff wards. Meanwhile in the North West there was a very sharp decline in the university city of Bangor, but many strongly Welsh speaking wards did remarkably well with a number seeing an increase in the percentage & numbers of Welsh speakers.

    So Welsh speaking Wales is rapidly becoming a feature of the North West, the South West is becoming anglicised (in linguistic terms) & numbers are increasing in the Cardiff area.

    For anyone who's interested in the details, this interactive map provides the details - New: 2001 vs 2011 Census - Welsh Language

    Any thoughts & any implications for Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cai View Post
    Any thoughts & any implications for Ireland.
    Yeah: please, God, let us have the common sense to avoid this nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramps View Post
    Yeah: please, God, let us have the common sense to avoid this nonsense.
    Sorry, not with you there mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cai View Post
    Sorry, not with you there mate.
    The nonsense of trying to "revive the language".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramps View Post
    The nonsense of trying to "revive the language".
    Do you have to work hard at being an ignoramus or does it come naturally?

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    In relation to the decrease in percentages, I would ask one main question: has Wales seen anything like the level of immigration (other than from English speaking places) in the last 10 or 15 years that Ireland has?
    If so, how much of the change is due to that sort of immigration? Immigrants of this sort do not take much part in the life of the community they live in, and their children are likely to integrate linguistically (they'll likely pick up both languages as they grow up; unlike immigrants from England etc, their kids will have no-one at home telling them Welsh is inferior.)
    If most of the immigration is Anglophone, yes, that is a greater concern.
    If however the drop is due to Welsh people changing to English, that is a larger challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramps View Post
    The nonsense of trying to "revive the language".
    You're a spiteful ball bag. Why don't you go kick a dog or something if you need to release your inner toxins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    Do you have to work hard at being an ignoramus or does it come naturally?
    Ignoramus? Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticketyboo View Post
    You're a spiteful ball bag. Why don't you go kick a dog or something if you need to release your inner toxins.
    Violence ain't my thing. I know that's how you SF dregs deal with your frustrations, so you might find that strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramps View Post
    Ignoramus? Ouch.

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