Could someone please explain to me what this language is? I've never heard of it! IJzeren Jan 13:56, 15 May 2005 (PDT)
- It's a northern dialect of Brithenig. As you know, archaic forms of B were once spoken clear up into Scotland, and in those days the Principality itself also extended up into Votadinea (*here*'s Gododdin) in southern Scotland. This explains the existence of Breathanach, but the details regarding how it "switched" from being P-Celtic influenced Vulgar Latin to Q-Celtic influenced Vulgar Latin are quite hazy. I assume it had something to do with the invastions of the Scots (i.e., Irish).
- Cumbreg itself is a calque on Welsh "Cymry". Under English influence in the county they call Cumberland, the Cumbreg language has been considerably reduced. You can still find it spoken in a few out of the way pockets, perhaps not at all unlike the situation Cornish was in in the mid-19th century *here*; but it had no special or protected status and no one has yet taken up the study of what's left of Brithenig's long lorn sister.
- It should also be noted that "Cumbreg" is also used as the name of the English dialect spoken in the county of Cumberland. It has a pretty good share of Romance loan words, and in sound is probably pretty close to northern varieties of Brithenig. I had some notes on it somewhere, but they seem to be lost... Elemtilas