Friday, 14 January 2011

L'Office du Jèrriais: Nelson's View: The Vennel

L'Office du Jèrriais: Nelson's View: The Vennel: "Nelson's View: The Vennel: 'The Vennel is the name of a narrow street in the Antrim coast village of Glenarm. The Dictionary of the Scots L..."

My post about the word Vennel has been picked up in Jersey, where the word also appears.  Of course the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France resulted in a number of French words being absorbed into Scots and ultimately Ulster-Scots.

It is interesting to see how we make contacts through the internet and it is good to make contact with those who promote the Jèrriais language in Jersey.  As I understand it this is a variety of the old Norman language and it was once the dominant language on the island but today it is spoken by 2,600 of the 87,000 people on Jersey.  Around 200 children are learning the language in schools and around 15% of the population have some understanding of Jèrriais.

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