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Language Use Surveys 2004-2006

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Post  MH Fri 14 Nov 2008 - 20:37

Bwrdd yr Iaith published two things last week (November 2008). A detailed breakdown of the 2004-2006 Language Use Survey, and a Powerpoint presentation entitled "The Right To Use Welsh".

Welsh Language Use Surveys 2004-2006
The Welsh LCO and Language Rights Presentation

The first batch of information from the 2004 survey only was published in 2006:

The 2001 census asked people to tick boxes about whether they could understand, speak, read and write Welsh ... each with only a yes/no option.

The 2004-2006 surveys sought further detail, for example giving these options under Speaking Welsh, with percentages:

58.4% ... fluent
21.2% ... fair (or considerable) amount
16.5% ... a little
03.8% ... just a few words

These figure are roughly the same as published in 2006. But the 2008 publication gives a much more detailed geographical distrubution, which broadly splits Wales into three groups: The Bro Gymraeg (where fluency was ranged from 70% to 83%) Gwent and Flintshire (where fluency ranged from 14% to 25%) and a surprisinging regular middle ground (where fluency was between 47% and 58%).

This seems to highlight that "Speaking Welsh" means different things according to where the person concerned is. The contrast is most evident here:

83.3% ... fluent
11.8% ... considerable amount
04.3% ... a little
00.6% ... just a few words

12.8% ... fluent
20.9% ... considerable amount
46.1% ... a little
20.2% ... just a few words

And the full table is here:

Language Use Surveys 2004-2006 Table24-1

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