Ar Lafar – all about Welsh dialects with Ifor ap Glyn on S4C

by Carl Morris on June 7, 2011

Ifor ap Glyn has a new S4C programme called Ar Lafar which is an exploration of the dialects of Welsh around Wales. The first part visits Caernarfon to meet the locals, the cofis, and also Pembrokeshire and the recordings archive at Sain Ffagan near Cardiff. It’s on S4C Clic with optional subtitles in Welsh or English.

If you don’t know of Caernarfon’s Ifor ap Glyn he’s a fascinating chap, born in London, a bardd o fri (a poet of renown) and one-time musical collaborator with Llwybr Llaethog.

With his TV producer-presenter hat on, he’s well acquainted with the A470, A55 and M4 having already toured Wales some years ago for his Popeth yn Gymraeg series – in which he attempted to rely on Welsh alone in different parts of the country. While the realisation that almost everyone who lives in Welsh knows at least a word or two (almost nobody in Wales is completely di-Gymraeg, non-Welsh speaking) was an insight probably worth a series alone, I’m already enjoying Ar Lafar more.

(I blogged about tafodieithoedd and the highly prized and long out of print book Cymraeg, Cymrâg, Cymrêg last year.)

H M Roberts August 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

What about producing a new tafodiaeth

H M Roberts August 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

What about a new Tafodiaeth-Dialects book as a result of the series?

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