Undergoing something of a splendid revival, early records indicate the Cornish language originated with the Cornovii, a smaller Celtic tribe of the larger Dumnonii, whose legendary settlement was believed to be at Tintagel long before it became the alleged home of King Arthur.
Cornish today is a revived language as it first died out in the late 18th century. However, as an important part of Cornish heritage, the language has been successfully re-introduced during the 20th century. BBC Cornwall even broadcasts Ad Nowodhow – a review of the week’s news in Cornish.
If you fancy giving it a go, the Go Cornish website gocornish.org has everything you need to get stuck into learning the language, including very useful translations on the home page such as: ‘My a vynn dybri tesen – lemmyn’ – in English: I want to eat cake – now!
There’s also a very comprehensive Cornish – English dictionary on the Cornwall Council website – written in Standard Written form of Cornish - which is pretty comprehensive and where I managed to confirm that Hwiogen Kernewek is indeed a Cornish Pasty!
So, if you want to ‘Dyski Kernewek’ (Learn Cornish) head off to gocornish.org and have a play. It’s a wonderful website and a great introduction to a beautiful language! Let me know how you get on!