Manx language

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Manx (native name Gaelg or Gailck, pronounced [ɡilk] or [ɡilɡ][5]), also known as Manx Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family historically spoken by the Manx people. Fluent Manx speakers are now a small minority of the Manx population, but a larger minority has some knowledge of the language. However, it is widely considered to be an important part of the island's culture and heritage. Although the last native speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974, in recent years, the language has been the subject of revival efforts. Mooinjer Veggey, a Manx medium playgroup, was succeeded by the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh [bʊn-skolʲ ɣɪlgax], a primary school for 4- to 11-year-olds in St John's.[6] In recent years, the language has become more visible on the island, with increased signage and radio broadcasts, although the number of fluent speakers remains relatively low. The revival of Manx has been aided by the fact that the language was well recorded; unlike Cornish, the Bible was translated into Manx, and a number of audio recordings were made of native speakers.


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