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Jersey Norman French: A Linguistic Study of an Obsolescent Dialect


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Jersey Norman French: A Linguistic Study of an Obsolescent Dialect

Mari Catrin Jones

ISBN: 978-0-631-23169-1 December 2001 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages


This book is the first to present a comprehensive linguistic study of

Jersey Norman French. Drawing on a corpus of original data, it offers

historical and dialectological sketches, an assessment of language

planning on Jersey, and an account of language change in progress. It

also establishes the relevance of Jersey Norman French to the field of

language obsolescence.


List of Figures.

List of Maps.

List of Tables.

1. Introduction 1

2. The Sociohistorical Setting 7

3. The Jerriais Dialect 18

4. A Sociolinguistic Profile of the Jerriais Speech Community 45

5. Language Planning on Jersey 70

6. Linguistic Developments in Modern Jerriais 97

7. Lexical Erosion in Modern Jerriais 140

8. Cross-linguistic Influence on Jersey 156

9. Conclusion 181

Appendix 1. List of Informants According to Parish of Origin 191

Appendix 2. Figures Illustrating Results Discussed in Chapter 7 192

Notes 212

References 222

General Index 231

Index of Authors 235

Index of Languages and Dialects 238

The first book of its kind written about Jersey Norman French

Original data

A multi-faceted approach

Readers interested in Jersey Norman French for a wide variety of reasons will find material germane to their own preoccupations