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Cornish radio presenter's pledge for crowd-funding funding

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 31, 2013

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JUST hours after a Camborne radio presenter tweeted saying pledges for his entirely Cornish spoken radio podcast were low they began to increase steadily.

Matthew Clarke of Radyo an Gernewegva launched a funding appeal to help it expand and grow and he hopes to achieve its aims with help from crowd-funding, which involves members of the community pledging cash or skills to a project for small rewards.

But earlier today Mr Clarke posted on the social networking site: “No pledges for 24 hours now on seems not as many people are as passionate about Kernewek as I thought.”

When asked about the low of donations, he told the West Briton: “The pledges are now rising and we are currently at 16 per cent of the target.”

Mr Clarke is trying to raise £5,000 for the radio station through CrowdFunder.

He said he was hoping to build a professional and interactive website that acts a platform for people that speak, and want to learn, the language.

“The Cornish language is all about heritage and distinctiveness and it sets us apart from the crowd. Our main aim is to improve people’s fluency.

“The podcast is an opportunity for Cornish musicians to get their music heard and allows people to improve their Cornish language skills.

“Without people speaking the language it won’t survive. By donating you’re supporting a project that is dedicated to Cornwall’s future.”

The 30-minute weekly podcast has been going for five years. It consists of local music, including traditional instrumental, new groups and solo artists, alongside features and a five minute news bulletins about Cornwall.

Just short of £900 has been donated and £4,100 still needs to be raised.

The minimum pledge is £5 and donations can be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/radiokernewek.

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  • emurfitt  |  August 01 2013, 2:07PM

    01-08-13, 2:00pm. Have just checked the crowdfunder website. They have now reached £1,027 of the £5,000 target (21%). C'mon everyone - get pledging!! Exciting times! Chons pur dha, Matthew!

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  • emurfitt  |  August 01 2013, 1:21PM

    rickoon: "...some antiquated language..." "...getting your priorities all mixed up..." Cornish may be an ancient language (all the more precious for that!) but it's also a living language recognized by the UN and EU. It's bang up to date and ready for the 21st century - thanks to the great many people who have fought to preserve and develop it since it began to decline in the early 18th century. I'm thinking of Edward Lhuyd, the Welsh scholar who came to Cornwall in 1700 to document the language, to Ken George in our own times, who produced the brilliant dictionary. All of this without official recognition from the English Parliament or any clear language policy which some of the world's minority languages enjoy. We have a lot to be thankful for and proud of. As for heritage competing with food banks, we should be asking why we tolerate such levels of poverty in the first place and why our heritage is under threat and viewed so cheaply. The Cornish shouldn't have to choose between eating and heritage. The English don't!

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  • rickoon  |  August 01 2013, 9:04AM

    I would have thought it would have been more prudent to seek pledges of food to feed those who need it today in Cornwall, not pledges for some antiquated language. That's the Cornish for you though, nothing like getting your priorities all mixed up is it.

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  • emurfitt  |  July 31 2013, 8:37PM

    About half of the world's 6,000 languages are expected to die out by the end of the century through sheer neglect - that's about one a fortnight. The world's minority languages are in a desperate situation. It doesn't have to be like this. Cornish people have a duty to future generations to ensure our own language isn't among the lost languages. Each language is a unique window on the world. The Cornish language has hung on against all the odds for centuries. A bit of modern prejudice now won't put us off saving it. Matthew Clarke should not be discouraged. Cornish people are among the poorest in Europe (note the food banks!) so we can't expect money to pour in. I personally would welcome a 24/7 Cornish language radio station as listening to radio is a brilliant way to help learn, and reinforce, a language. Like Cornish speakers (and would-be speakers) everywhere, my own Cornish language skills desperately need this but it won't happen overnight. Bilingual children have a huge educational advantage over monolingual children. With so much neglect from Central Government, Cornish children need every opportunity to succeed. They are Cornwall's future. We must change people's attitude to bilingualism and actively promote it. Good luck Matthew. Cultural diversity enriches all of us.

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  • MapSerpren  |  July 31 2013, 8:01PM

    I have just added my pledge. Good to see the pledges increasing as the word spreads. Ignore silly comments by those known for their opposition to any form of diversity and who believe the English are superior to all others.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  July 31 2013, 7:02PM

    Not as many people are as passionate about Kernewek as I thought A language without an audience fails to meet the basic criteria of allowing human communication on a day to day basis, this task already has a far superior rich language the envy of the world. You may be alone in conversation but not in believing the hype from the fringes, the language is not about heritage and distinctiveness just a hobby which represents nothing to the majority in Cornwall. Enjoy it for what it was but do not expect a revolution or uptake until the Looney's stop promoting it as a tool of disunion. At least TiC has given you a free advert, becoming more like dragons den here everyday

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