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Gaelic `extinct in 40 years'.

GAELIC is in terminal decline and could be extinct as an everyday language within 40 years, it was claimed yesterday.

Just one per cent of the country admits to having a working knowledge of it, with 1500 speakers dying each year.

Last year, the number of Gaelic speakers fell to 58,552 the lowest number ever.

American academic Dr Daniel Abrams studied the language and found that if Gaelic declines at its current rate, it will vanish as a working tongue by 2040.
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