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Simpsons fight for Cornwall

Simpsons News — Posted 11 Jul, 2004 by Scott

Animated comedy heroine Lisa Simpson is to cry aloud for Cornwall's independence from Britain in a special Christmas episode of "The Simpsons," says the group that's been asked to give her some Cornish lessons.

Matthew Clarke, of the Cornish Language Fellowship, said he was contacted last week by the producers of the hit US cartoon series who wanted a translation of the phrase "Freedom for Cornwall now".

Advocates of Cornish independence regard it as a separate nation, possessing a separate culture, identity and language, and claim that there are constitutional doubts as to the legitimacy of English rule in Cornwall.

Cornish - a Celtic dialect similar to Welsh and Breton, recognised formally by the European Union in 2002 - is thought to be spoken fluently by just 300 or 400 people, although up to 10,000 people are thought to understand a little. Read it here or here.

Go Lisa!

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