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Manx(măngks), virtually extinct language belonging to the Goidelic or Gaelic group of the Celtic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. The last native speaker, Ned Madrell, died in 1974, but efforts have been made to revive the language, including educating children in Manx, and there are now several hundred active Manx speakers. See Celtic languagesCeltic languages,
subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. At one time, during the Hellenistic period, Celtic speech extended all the way from Britain and the Iberian Peninsula in the west across Europe to Asia Minor in the east, where a district still known as
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1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, their language, or their dialect of English
2. a language of the Isle of Man, belonging to the N Celtic branch of the Indo-European family and closely related to Scottish Gaelic
3. the people of the Isle of Man
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