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Don't worry about the extinction of ancient languages; celebrate the new dialects. Consider Spanglish and Hinglish

By prospect   October 2003

Manx or Spanglish?

The phoney nostalgia of language revivalists is shown up by the vitality of the new Hispanics, says Jonathon Keats

The Manx language was pronounced dead on 27th December 1974, when the last native speaker passed away aged 97 in a fishing village called Cregneash. By outliving his generation, Ned Maddrell became famous, symbolising the lost heritage of the Isle of Man. In his name, the Manx people have spent the past three decades attempting to inspire a revival, compiling vocabularies and teaching the language in school. But with only 150 semi-fluent speakers, Manx remains a far cry…

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