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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
( # 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 You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)