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Media: Welsh Language Board replaced by one Commissioner

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Media Body: In Wales, the Welsh Language Board is abolished and the roles will be
consolidated into a new single position held by Meri Huws, pro-vice
chancellor at
the University of Wales Trinity St David.

Welsh is a Celtic language that is spoken by approximately 20% of
in Wales. There is a weekly Welsh-language newspaper and radio
station, and in
February 2011 Welsh was granted official status within Wales, but the
is still precarious.

The government has recently been in support of revitalizing and
promoting the
use of Welsh in official platforms, but it is unclear what they hope to
with this reorganization.

Read more: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-
Issue Number: 22.3929
Date Posted: October 06, 2011

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