Although a number of paradigms for distinguishing between languages and dialects do exist, these often render contradictory results. Focused broad Scots is at one end of a bipolar linguistic continuum, with Scottish Standard English at the other. Consequently, Scots is often regarded as one of the ancient varieties of English, but with its own distinct dialects. Alternatively Scots is sometimes treated as a distinct Germanic language, in the way Norwegian is closely linked to, yet distinct from, Danish. The UK census was the first to ask residents of Scotland about Scots. A campaign called Aye Can was set up to help individuals answer the question.
Carlisle or in areas that had recruited large numbers of Scottish workers in the past e. Corby or the former mining areas of Kent. The language was brought to Ireland by Scottish planters from the 16th Century. Irish was the predominant language of the Irish people for most of their recorded history, and they brought their Gaelic speech with them to other countries, notably Scotland and the Isle of Man where it gave rise to Scottish Gaelic and Manx.
It has been estimated that the active Irish-language scene probably comprises 5 to 10 per cent of Ireland 's population. Its use began to decline from the 14th century, especially after the Prayer Book Rebellion in The language continued to function as a first language in Penwith in the far west of Cornwall until the late 18th century, with the last native speaker thought to have died in A revival initiated by Henry Jenner began in Since the Cornish language has been recognised as an historical regional language under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
It is not exclusively the language of Deaf people; many relatives of Deaf people and others can communicate in it fluently. Throughout the UK, many citizens can speak, or at least understand to a degree where they could have a conversation with someone who speaks that language , [ clarification needed ] a second or even a third language from secondary school education, primary school education or from private classes. Abilities in the regional languages of the UK other than Cornish for those aged three and above were recorded in the UK census as follows.
Certain nations and regions of the UK have frameworks for the promotion of their autochthonous languages. Under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages which is not legally enforceable, but which requires states to adopt appropriate legal provision for the use of regional and minority languages the UK government has committed itself to the recognition of certain regional languages and the promotion of certain linguistic traditions.
Cornish , Scots in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the latter territory officially known as Ulster Scots or Ullans , but in the speech of users simply as Scottish or Scots are protected by the lower level only Section II. In Wales, the Welsh Language Commissioner Comisiynydd y Gymraeg is an independent body established to promote and facilitate use of the Welsh language, mainly by imposing Welsh language standards on organisations.
It receives funding from the UK government and the European Union , and is the regulator of the language's Standard Written Form , agreed in There are no universally accepted criteria for distinguishing languages from dialects , although a number of paradigms exist, which give sometimes contradictory results.
The distinction is therefore a subjective one, dependent on the user's frame of reference. Since there is a very high level of mutual intelligibility between contemporary speakers of Scots in Scotland and in Ulster Ulster Scots , and a common written form was current well into the 20th century, the two varieties have usually been considered as dialects of a single tongue rather than languages in their own right; the written forms have diverged in the 21st century. The government of the United Kingdom "recognises that Scots and Ulster Scots meet the Charter's definition of a regional or minority language".
While in continental Europe closely related languages and dialects may get official recognition and support, in the UK there is a tendency to view closely related vernaculars as a single language. Even British Sign Language is mistakenly thought of as a form of 'English' by some, rather than as a language in its own right, with a distinct grammar and vocabulary. The boundaries are not always clear cut, which makes it hard to estimate numbers of speakers. In Northern Ireland, the use of Irish and Ulster Scots is sometimes viewed as politically loaded, despite both having been used by all communities in the past.
The disparity in the ratios as determined by political and faith community, despite the very large overlap between the two, reflects the very low numbers of respondents. Often the use of the Irish language in Northern Ireland has met with the considerable suspicion of Unionists, who have associated it with the largely Catholic Republic of Ireland , and more recently, with the republican movement in Northern Ireland itself.
Catholic areas of Belfast have street signs in Irish similar to those in the Republic. Some resent Scottish Gaelic being promoted in the Lowlands. Gaelic place names are relatively rare in the extreme south-east that part of Scotland which had previously been under Northumbrian rule  and the extreme north-east part of Caithness , where Norse was previously spoken. Two areas with mostly Norse-derived placenames and some Pictish , the Northern Isles Shetland and Orkney were ceded to Scotland in lieu of an unpaid dowry in , and never spoke Gaelic; its traditional vernacular Norn , a derivative of Old Norse mutually intelligible with Icelandic and Faroese, died out in the 18th century after large-scale immigration by Lowland Scots speakers.
To this day, many Shetlanders and Orcadians maintain a separate identity, albeit through the Shetlandic and Orcadian dialects of Lowland Scots, rather than their former tongue. Norn was also spoken at one point in Caithness , apparently dying out much earlier than Shetland and Orkney. However, the Norse speaking population were entirely assimilated by the Gaelic speaking population in the Western Isles; to what degree this happened in Caithness is a matter of controversy, although Gaelic was spoken in parts of the county until the 20th century.
Scots within Scotland and the regional varieties of English within England receive little or no official recognition. The dialects of northern England share some features with Scots that those of southern England do not. The regional dialects of England were once extremely varied, as is recorded in Joseph Wright 's English Dialect Dictionary and the Survey of English Dialects , but they have died out over time so that regional differences are now largely in pronunciation rather than in grammar or vocabulary.
Public funding of minority languages continues to produce mixed reactions, and there is sometimes resistance to their teaching in schools.
Partly as a result, proficiency in languages other than "Standard" English can vary widely. Communities migrating to the UK in recent decades have brought many more languages to the country. Surveys started in by the Inner London Education Authority discovered over languages being spoken domestically by the families of the inner city's school children.
British Asians speak dozens of different languages, and it is difficult to determine how many people speak each language alongside English. The largest subgroup of British Asians are those of Punjabi origin representing approximately two thirds of direct migrants from South Asia to the UK , from both India and Pakistan, they number over 2 million in the UK and are the largest Punjabi community outside of South Asia.
Many Black Britons speak English as their first language. Their ancestors mostly came from the West Indies , particularly Jamaica, and generally also spoke English-based creole languages,  hence there are significant numbers of Caribbean creole speakers see below for Ethnologue figures. The Bengali speaking community in the UK consists of those largely of Bangladeshi origin mainly from the Sylhet Division predominantly Muslim , and small numbers of Indians from the West Bengal region mainly Hindu.
There are around , Bengali speakers, , of whom speak the Sylheti dialect . West Bengalis mainly speak the Rarhi dialect , whereas Bangladeshis mainly speak Sylheti, although children may receive some education in standard Bengali at school. There is some debate to whether Sylheti should be recognised as a language separate from Bengali.
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According to the census, English or Welsh was the main language of Among other languages, the most common were as follows. Norman French is still used in the Houses of Parliament for certain official business between the clerks of the House of Commons and the House of Lords , and on other official occasions such as the dissolution of Parliament.
Latin is also used to a limited degree in certain official mottoes, for example Nemo me impune lacessit , legal terminology habeas corpus , and various ceremonial contexts. Latin abbreviations can also be seen on British coins. The use of Latin has declined greatly in recent years. However, the Catholic Church retains Latin in official and quasi-official contexts. Although the Mass of Paul VI is usually celebrated in English, it can be and often is said in Latin, in part or whole, especially at multilingual gatherings.
It is the official language of the Holy See , the primary language of its public journal , the Acta Apostolicae Sedis , and the working language of the Roman Rota. At one time, Latin and Greek were commonly taught in British schools and were required for entrance to the ancient universities until , for Greek, and the s, for Latin  , and A-Levels and Highers are still available in both subjects. Forms of French are, or have been, used as an official language in the Channel Islands , e.
Jersey Legal French. The indigenous languages of the Crown dependencies are recognised as regional languages by the British and Irish governments within the framework of the British-Irish Council. The creation of a Guernsey Language Commission was announced on 7 February  as an initiative by government to preserve the linguistic culture.
The Commission has operated since Liberation Day, 9 May However, the social and economic upheaval of the War meant that use of English increased dramatically after the Liberation. It is considered that the last monolingual adult speakers probably died in the s, although monolingual speaking children were being received into schools in St. Ouen as late as the late s. The language sharply declined during the 19th century and was supplanted by English. Although only a small minority of the Isle of Man 's population is fluent in the language, a larger minority has some knowledge of it.
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Manx is widely considered to be an important part of the island's culture and heritage. Although the last surviving native speaker of the Manx language, Ned Maddrell , died in , the language has never fallen completely out of use. Manx has been the subject of language revival efforts, so that despite the small number of speakers, Manx has become more visible on the island, with increased signage, radio broadcasts and a Manx-medium primary school. The revival of Manx has been aided by the fact that the language was well recorded; for example, the Bible was translated into Manx, and audio recordings were made of native speakers.
Its similarity to Irish has also helped its reconstruction. In the census, 1, out of 80,, or 2. Cornish became extinct as a first language in the late 18th century with the last native speaker thought to have died in The last reports of Norn speakers are claimed to be from the 19th century, but it is more likely that the language was dying out in the late 18th century. However, fragments of vocabulary survived the death of the main language and remain to this day, mainly in place-names and terms referring to plants, animals, weather, mood, and fishing vocabulary.
Pictish was probably a Brittonic language, or dialect, spoken by the Picts , the people of northern and central Scotland in the Early Middle Ages , which became extinct c. There is virtually no direct attestation of Pictish, short of a limited number of geographical and personal names found on monuments and the contemporary records in the area controlled by the Kingdom of the Picts. Such evidence, however, points to the language being closely related to the Brittonic language spoken prior to Anglo-Saxon settlement in what is now southern Scotland, England and Wales.
A minority view held by a few scholars claims that Pictish was at least partially non-Indo-European or that a non-Indo-European and Brittonic language coexisted. Place name evidence suggests Cumbric speakers may have carried it into other parts of northern England as migrants from its core area further north. Most linguists think that it became extinct in the 12th century, after the incorporation of the semi-independent Kingdom of Strathclyde into the Kingdom of Scotland.
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