This blog started as a way for me to share with friends and others my experiences living in Brittany, from August 2010 to May 2011. That year, I was a full-time student in a Breton-language program for adults in Plañvour, a commune along the southern coast of Brittany.
After I returned to the US from Brittany, I only posted a few times on this blog, but I always meant to return to it. This winter, I decided it was time to start posting again–largely because I’m always coming across information about things going on in Brittany, and I want to share them with my friends, and with the broader world. There isn’t a lot of information about Brittany available in English, and in the US, Brittany remains a largely unknown region.
As a linguist, I’m passionate about endangered languages in general, Celtic languages in particular. I’ve spent a great deal of time immersing myself in, researching, reading about, and writing about the Breton language, and the language revitalization efforts going on in Brittany. So, while I enjoy writing about other aspects of Brittany for this blog, I’ll always return to topics related to the language and all the wonderful efforts being made right now to revitalize it. All the great work that is being done to promote and use the Breton language is very inspiring to me, and I hope that by posting some stories about it, I can spread the word about all this.
So, whether you’ve come here for the crepes, the cider, the scenery, the language, or something else, I hope you enjoy Blogging Brittany.