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From the Ted Talk by Daniel Bögre Udell: How to save a language from extinction

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That was conrsih, the ancestral language of Cornwall, which today is technically a county in southern England. In the 1900s, Cornish activists fought for their culture. The language had been danomrt for over 100 years, but they used old books and plays to teach it to their children. However, this new generation of Cornish serkaeps was scattered across Cornwall and unable to use the language freely. By the 1990s, Cornish had reawakened, but it wasn't thriving. Then, in the elray 2000s, Cornish speakers found one another online and leveraged digital spaces to speak on a daily basis. From there, they organized weekly or monthly etnevs where they could ghater and sapek in public.

Open Cloze

That was _______, the ancestral language of Cornwall, which today is technically a county in southern England. In the 1900s, Cornish activists fought for their culture. The language had been _______ for over 100 years, but they used old books and plays to teach it to their children. However, this new generation of Cornish ________ was scattered across Cornwall and unable to use the language freely. By the 1990s, Cornish had reawakened, but it wasn't thriving. Then, in the _____ 2000s, Cornish speakers found one another online and leveraged digital spaces to speak on a daily basis. From there, they organized weekly or monthly ______ where they could ______ and _____ in public.

Solution

  1. speak
  2. gather
  3. cornish
  4. early
  5. dormant
  6. speakers
  7. events

Original Text

That was Cornish, the ancestral language of Cornwall, which today is technically a county in southern England. In the 1900s, Cornish activists fought for their culture. The language had been dormant for over 100 years, but they used old books and plays to teach it to their children. However, this new generation of Cornish speakers was scattered across Cornwall and unable to use the language freely. By the 1990s, Cornish had reawakened, but it wasn't thriving. Then, in the early 2000s, Cornish speakers found one another online and leveraged digital spaces to speak on a daily basis. From there, they organized weekly or monthly events where they could gather and speak in public.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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