Series : The Social History of the Welsh Language

‘Let’s Do Our Best for the Ancient Tongue’: The Welsh Language in the Twentieth Century

Front cover of 'Let's Do our Best for the Ancient Tongue'

Author/Editor Geraint H. Jenkins
 Published 2000
 ISBN 0708316581
 Publisher Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press
 Price £25
 Size 237 x 154mm
 Format Clawr papur/Paperback, xv+700

This is the sixth volume in a ground-breaking series of studies on the social history of the Welsh language. It provides the first authoritative and thorough analysis of the fortunes of the Welsh language in the most tumultuous period of its history. Twenty-one chapters discuss not only the numerical and territorial decline of Welsh but also its struggle for official recognition and its role in a wide variety of social domains. Of all the memorable phrases coined in the twentieth century, none has had greater resonance for the Welsh speaker than ‘Tynged yr Iaith’ (The Fate of the Language), and this volume provides a stimulating commentary on the processes of linguistic change, decay and revival experienced by the oldest spoken language in Britain.

A Welsh version of this volume is also available:  Eu Hiaith a Gadwant?