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« Reply #15: July 22, 2007, 01:37:33 pm »

While we are at it, how about the Breton? What is now Brittany was known as Lesser Britain and the inhabitants were genetically and liguistically linked with the Welsh and Cornish. My family are Breton. with Welsh, Cornish and Irish in that order.



Actually someone (but I can't recall who-I heard it on a recent radio documentary) did a linguistic analysis of Breton and found that it was strongly linked to both Old French and Welsh-sort of like a bridge between these two tongues. The suggested hypothesis was that in ancient times, the Gallic tribes invaded Britain via Brittany and settled in Wales, thus becoming the ancestors of the Welsh. This was their conclusion, but of course it could have happened the other way...I guess none of us will ever know for sure.
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« Reply #16: July 22, 2007, 08:10:14 pm »

Actually someone (but I can't recall who-I heard it on a recent radio documentary) did a linguistic analysis of Breton and found that it was strongly linked to both Old French and Welsh-sort of like a bridge between these two tongues. The suggested hypothesis was that in ancient times, the Gallic tribes invaded Britain via Brittany and settled in Wales, thus becoming the ancestors of the Welsh. This was their conclusion, but of course it could have happened the other way...I guess none of us will ever know for sure.

I can't voch that it is accuate, but for a long time it has been held that Brittany (Less Brition) was populated by the celtic  peoples moving back onto the continent.  The blend of french with the current language would have occured over the past +/- 1000 yrs that the French have dominated or controled Brittany.  Obviously they also moved people into Brittany.

I used to have a tie pin sporting the "Free Brittany" idea.  At least 30yrs ago there was a definate movemnet that wanted separation from France.
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