Re: Norman French?
|From:||John Cowan <cowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, October 19, 1998, 15:11|
Raymond A. Brown wrote:
> Certainly the French patois spoken on the
> Channel Islands were descended from Norman French. I don't think these
> patois are spoken any longer, tho I may be mistaken.
>From the Government of Jersey web site(http://www.jersey.gov.uk/intro5-10.html#language):
# French remains the official language of the Courts of the Island, but
# the use of English is permissible. English is used exclusively in
# debates in the States chambers and legislation is drafted in English.
# Out and about one occasionally hears people speaking the local patois
# - a Norman-French dialect - but this has become increasingly rare.
Still, rare is not quite dead. Furthermore, I am willing to bet that
French is still spoken on Herm, Sark, or Alderney.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
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