Cornwall Council is considering plans to spend half a million pounds a year on developing the Cornish language.
The council believes the county has made “significant progress” with the Cornish language and is now “at a turning point”.
The council is putting together a bid for £400,000 a year of funding from central government with Cornwall Council putting in a further £100,000 a year.
The chairman of the committee that looked at the plans said the Cornish language was good for the economy and made Cornwall not “like Devon”.
The council report written by Jenefer Lowe stated: “After a decade of modest investment we have raised the awareness amongst the public, put in place a standard written form, supported the private sector to adopt elements of language in their marketing and increased the numbers of people learning, speaking and enjoying the language.”
The report also pointed to the “imbalance of investment in our language, as compared to other minority languages”.
In the next three-year programme the council would want to see more recognition of Cornish as a cultural asset and increased use of the language in the promotion of the county.
Other key aims would be more Cornish in education and an increase in the number of adults using the language.
Cornish language was recognised by the Government in 2003 which puts a responsibility on both national and local government to take action to promote Cornish.
Cornwall Council is the lead partner and accountable body for the Cornish Language Partnership which works to promote the language.
Tim Dwelly, the chairman of the economy and culture portfolio advisory committee that has approved the recommendation, said investment in the Cornish language would be good for the economy.
He said: “The more we capture the economic value of using the language the better. It’s money well spent on boosting the economy of Cornwall.”
Regarding the size of the spend, Mr Dwelly, Labour councillor for Penzance East, said: “Should we be turning down investment in Cornwall by the Government, of which there is far too little.
“For those who question this - are they saying we should refuse that amount of money being invested in Cornwall by central government?
“We feel it would not be wise to turn down that scale of investment in something that brands Cornwall and builds its economy.”
Mr Dwelly said the presence of the Cornish language was appealing to visitors and part of what makes Cornwall “a special place”.
“We don’t want to be just any old Westcountry place with English place names like Devon,” he said.
A decision on carrying the plans forward will now be taken by the Cornwall Council cabinet on a date to be decided.
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