Breton sentence structure across different generations of speakers
What is it about?
Breton is an endangered language, and has seen a rapid decline in the number of speakers, as well as, more recently, a period of revitalisation. How has this affected the structure of the language itself? This paper examines the sentence structure of Breton as spoken by older and younger speakers, to see if and how they differ.
Why is it important?
The findings in this paper show that despite the fact that younger Breton speakers are all bilingual, speaking French and Breton, the sentence structures that they use in Breton are not influenced by those of French. Rather, the traditional Breton patterns are being maintained by the younger generation. Breton may therefore be changing less than might be expected, given its precarious position as an endangered language.
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