Source: The Plymouth Herald
Part of the Bible is now available in a downloadable app, in Cornish.
Six translators have worked for 20 years to translate the New Testament and Psalms into Cornish.
The app was used in services to mark the end of Speak Cornish Week.
The Revd Jane Kneebone, chairman of the Bishop’s ecumenical group for services in Cornish, said: "Cornish is on an upward wave. It’s gaining in popularity."
She said that the new app gave the language 'probity' and 'ratifies its existence'.
Rev Kneebone added: "I really hope it will encourage more uptake of the speaking of the language. It’s putting Cornish before people’s eyes."
Translator Graham Sandercock said it was disgraceful it has taken so long to see the New Testament produced in Cornish.
"The Cornish are very proud of their heritage," he said.
"The language is becoming more respectable. The National Minority status has made a difference, but there was impetus before that."
He said that the app made the Bible accessible and convenient for people.
"We don’t know what the result will be, but it will be good," he said.
There are an estimated 500 fluent Cornish speakers and a further 3-4,000 who can hold a conversation.
Conan Jenkin from Cornwall said: "It’s brilliant. Most of the world has scripture and we have had to wait an awful long time.
"It’s such a minority language, but anything that gives it normality and status benefits the language amazingly."
The new app was translated from Hebrew and Greek and drew on other Celtic languages including Breton where Cornish words weren’t available.
The message of the Angel Gabriel to Mary telling her that she will give birth to Jesus, read in every church at Christmas becomes: "Hayl, leun a ras, an Ardloedh genes. Bennigys os yn mysk benynes."
The opening line of the Lord’s prayer becomes: "Pan wrewgh psyi, leverewgh, a Das, sanshes re bo dha hanow."
And John 3:16 is translated as: "Rag kemmys y karas Duw an bys."
The New Testament & Psalms joins a small number of books that are translated into Cornish, including Tin-Tin, A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland.
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