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Xavier de Langlais et la langue bretonne : création, sauvegarde, transmission : étude de la place du breton dans la vie d’une personnalité bretonne du XXe siècle

Abstract : How did Xavier de Langlais participate in the life and survival of the Breton language during the 20th century? Breton personality, member of the Seiz Breur, he is a direct witness of the upheavals then affecting the Breton language and gradually leading to its decline. His artistic activity, such as his paintings, engravings, illustrations and even his frescoes have made him famous in Brittany and beyond. His work in the Breton language and in favour of it is less well known. This study attempts to understand the link he had with the Breton language and his activism in favour of it. He took it upon himself to learn the Breton language in a non-breton-speaking family background. He composed poems, novels, short stories, plays. He actively participated in the main literary journals of the time such as Gwalarn or Dihunamb. He took interest in the language of his environment in Vannes country by collecting songs, tales, phrases, proverbs in the field, in the region of Surzur. He fully embarked on a spelling reform which had become essential in his eyes so that the language could be taught in the school system and thus allow a transmission to future generations.
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Glenn Gouthe. Xavier de Langlais et la langue bretonne : création, sauvegarde, transmission : étude de la place du breton dans la vie d’une personnalité bretonne du XXe siècle. Linguistique. Université Rennes 2, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021REN20051⟩. ⟨tel-03676028⟩

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