UN declares Cornish language extinct
With only 300 fluent speakers of Cornish left the UN has declared the language officially extinct.
The UN believes that their have effectively been no speakers of Cornish as a first language since 1777 and so feels that as a working language it is effectively extinct.
Some speakers of the language claim that as it is still spoken by some it can't be extinct but others claim that those that speak it are speaking it as a political act rather than an everday use act.
The Cornish language has been branded "extinct" by international linguistic experts, sparking anger from speakers.
Thirty linguists worked on Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger, compiled by Unesco, the cultural section of the United Nations.
Cornish is believed to have died out as a first language in 1777.
But the Cornish Language Partnership says the number of speakers has risen in the past 20 years and there should be a section for revitalised languages.
Saying Cornish is extinct implies there are no speakers and the language is dead, which it isn't
Jenefer Lowe, Cornish Language Partnership
Unesco's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger features about 2,500 dialects.