Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Bouônjour! Like Rusyn, another fascinating obscure dialect. An example of the French once spoken in the Channel Islands (specifically the island of Jersey, whence came the breed of cow), which are British but actually closer to France, and not politically a literal part of Britain. (The Queen is head of state as 'duchess of Normandy'.) Basically Jèrriais is the French that William the Conqueror spoke - I understand it sounds like it has a Germanic accent, ’cos the Normans were Vikings to begin with. (Norman = 'north man'.) I think it's nearly extinct - it lasted through the early 1900s, and standard French was the official written langage until then - but people are trying to revive it.

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