In this episode I talk about Manx (Gaelg), or Manx Gaelic (Gaelg Vanninagh), a Celtic language spoken in the Isle of Man. I look at the history of the language, its decline and revival, and its current situation. I also talk about my own experiences with the language, and play a few Manx tunes, and a song I wrote in Manx and English.
Here are some of the bits of Manx featured:
Failt dys yn çhiaghtoo cur magh jeh’n podcreeley Radio Omniglot.
Welcome to episode 7 of the the Radio Omniglot podcast.
Mish Simon Ager, as bee’m laoyrt mychione y Ghaelg, ny’n Ghaelg Vanniagh, çhengey Cheltiagh ta goll er loayrt ayns Mannin.
I’m Simon Ager, and I will be speaking about Manx, or Manx Gaelic, the Celtic language spoken in the Isle of Man.=
Tra haink ny skibbyltee boghtey stiagh hie yn Ghaelg magh.
When the tourists came in, the Manx language went out.
Cha jean oo cosney ping lesh y Ghailck
You will not earn a penny from Manx
Gura mie mooar ayd son eaishtaght, as slane lhiat
Thank you very much for listening, and good bye
I mention that the Manx Tynwald (parliament), which is Tinvaal in Manx, comes from the Old Norse word Þingvǫllr (meeting place of the assembly), and that the modern Icelandic parliament has a similar name: Þingvellir (Thingvellir). The Icelandic parliament is in fact called the Alþingi (Althingi), and Þingvellir is the place south of Reykjavik where the parliament was held from 930-1798.
This is a photo I took of Þingvellir in Icelandic in October 2017.
Information about Manx
https://gv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaelg (in Manx)
Information about the Isle of Man
A day in the life of the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh (Manx-medium primary school)
Brian Stowell and Adrian Cain talking about the revival of Manx
Cuchulainn – an animation telling Cuchulainn’s story in Manx
Brian Stowell and Adrian Cain talking about the native speakers of Manx
Manannan – an animation about Mannan beg mac y Leir, the Celtic sea god who is said to protect the Isle of Man with his mists
A conversation in Manx between Ned Maddrell and Tommy Lecce
Ruth Keggin – Irree ny greiney (Sunrise), a song in Manx written by Bob Carswell