Language Revitalization in the Channel Islands

Authored by: Julia Sallabank

The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138674493
eBook ISBN: 9781315561271
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All varieties of Channel Islands Norman are severely endangered: the remaining native speakers are mainly aged over 80, and there are few fluent new speakers. This chapter discusses successes and challenges, as well as similarities and differences in language policy in the main islands (Jersey and Guernsey). Despite increasing support from the general public and politicians, revitalization efforts have not yet stemmed the loss of language vitality (e.g., lessons do not progress beyond beginner level, and language festivals promote awareness and pride rather than use). It is argued that documentation, and ideological clarification in language policy, should be prioritized.

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