What is Guernésiais?

What is Guernesiais? Guernesiais used to be the primary language that was spoken on Guernsey, one of the British Channel Islands. It is also known as Dguernesiais, Guernsey French, Guernsey Norman French, and Patois, French for dialect. It is now considered to be an endangered language since less than 2% of the population of Guernsey are able to speak Guernesiais fluently, and most of these speakers are over the age of 50. The language is no longer being taught to children, and English has become the dominant language on the island. Some of the reasons for this language change are trade and tourism with Britain, and impacts from WWII, such as the evacuation of Guernsey children to Britain during the German occupation. If you'd like to learn more about the history of Guernesiais, here is a link to Julia Sallabank's BBC article.

This blog is where I will record my progress and challenges in my attempt to learn Guernesiais.

Monday, October 24, 2011

This blog is part of a project that I am doing for my Anthropology course on endangered languages.  My goal as of right now is to learn as much Guernsey French as possible over the next month or so.  I will document my learning, my accomplishments, my difficulties, and also any other thoughts and ideas I may have along the way.  If you have any suggestions, criticisms, or find any faults with my content, I strongly encourage you to contact me through email or leave a comment.  Actually, any feedback would be greatly appreciated! :)

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