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Re: Norman French?

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 20, 1998, 9:48
At 22:19 19/10/98 +0100, you wrote:
>At 3:16 am -0400 19/10/98, Nik Taylor wrote: >>Raymond A. Brown wrote: >>> No - it's the variety of old French spoken by the Normans in the area=
>>> called Normandy. It was brought to England by William the Bastard, Duke=
>>> Normandy, and his followers in 1066. After defeating the English &=
>>> himself crowned king of England, the language became the official=
>>> of England for the next three centuries. >> >>Altho it's sometimes referred to as Anglo-Norman after 1066, since the >>Norman French of England was influenced by Anglo-Saxon. > >Yes, indeed. The English form began to differentiate from that on the >otherside of the Channel, so strictly Norman French was the dialect of >Normandy but in England one should talk of Anglo-Norman. It was practice >of schools to teach French as spoken in England hence in Chaucer's >Canterbury Tales we have the nun who speaks French perfectly according to >the school of St.Mary-atte-Bowe (may have misremembered the name!), but >couldn't understand the French of Paris :) >-------------------------------------------------- > >And at 12:11 pm +0200 19/10/98, Christophe Grandsire wrote: >>At 00:48 19/10/98 -0400, you wrote: >>>Quoth Arek Bellagio: >>>> HI all. I heard the term Norman French the other day.. and I was=
>>>> if this was a type of 'old English' applied to French. Does anyone=
know? If
>>>> not.. what does it mean? >>> >>>Norman French was (and is) the version of French spoken in Normandy; >> >> So I'm speaking Norman French? (yes, I'm from Normandy). > >Don't know. I guess it depends how correct my informant was about the >survival of patois in Normandy & where you were brought up. I guess, like >most places, the urban areas speak standrard French and any surviving >patois is to be found only in country areas. > >But Grandsire is a good English word :) > >(Just kidding - I know we got it from Anglo-Norman a few centuries ago) >-------------------------------------------------------- >
Really? I didn't know the name Grandsire existed in English. Grandsire is a last name that you find only in Normandy. I know no other French region where it exists. Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "R=E9sister ou servir" homepage: