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                                                                  Because the Cornish language and culture is unique...

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We need our own sponsored dotker top level domain (TLD), because the Cornish language and culture is unique. A dotker TLD would provide the Cornish linguistic and cultural community and others, the opportunitiy to identity themselves on the internet.

 

The dotker campaign was set up by a group of like minded people from the different celtic countries of Alba/Scotland, Breizh/Brittany, Cymru/Wales, Éire/Ireland, Kernow/Cornwall and Mannin/Isle of Man who felt that a dotker domain would provide Cornwall with the Internet recognition it deserves. The campaign has been speerheaded by a group of people from Cornwall involved in Cornwall’s linguistic and cultural community from different professional backgrounds including education, commerce and business and the voluntary sector.

A dotker domain will play a vital role in the validation of the Cornish linguistic and cultural community on the internet and will play an important role in bringing together these communites across the globe from Australia to the USA to South Africa.

The success of the dotker campaign will confirm that the World Wide Web (WWW) really is multi-national and a multilingual medium and will add to the growing multilingual nature of the world wide web. Indeed the Internet has and will continue to play an increasingly important role for smaller language and cultural communities such as the Cornish community. The Internet has ensured that Cornish language, culture and business can be exported to a world wide audience at a relatively small cost. However, this could be enhanced and promoted in a more effective way if Cornwall had its own sponsired TLD.

As the Internet continues to grow, we believe it is extremely important for the organisations who run the World Wide Web to be seen to be supporting less dominant language communities such as Cornish as part of the linguistic ‘democratisation’ process that is taking place. English will continue to be the main source of communication on the web for the forseeable future and its position as the predominent language medium will not be jeopordised by supporting less predominent languages.

Cornwall is not an independent country, but it does have its own unique legal and constitutional status. Cornwall is a Duchy and an integral part of Britain and we believe that its distinctiveness should be reflected on the WWW. A TLD for Cornwall would give Cornwall a share in this niche market and ensure that its presence on the WWW develops and grows into the future.