"Unesco ought to know better than to declare Manx a dead language.
"There are hundreds of speakers of Manx and while people are able to have productive conversations in the language then it is very much alive and well."
"Saying Cornish is extinct implies there are no speakers and the language is dead, which it isn't.
"Unesco's study doesn't take into account languages which have growing numbers of speakers and in the past 20 years the revival of Cornish has really gathered momentum.
"There's no category for a language that is revitalised and revived. What they need to do is add a category. It should be recognised that languages do revive and it's a fluid state."