Creating the French world of the Channel Islands in 'Note Viaer Lingo'

Goodall, Peter (2017) Creating the French world of the Channel Islands in 'Note Viaer Lingo'. In: Worldmaking: literature, language, culture. FILLM Studies in Language and Literature. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, pp. 169-178. ISBN 978-90-272-0132-4

Abstract

Although the Channel Islands seem very ‘British’, they are not part of the ‘United Kingdom’ and have a richer historical connection to France. A key aspect of this was the wide use in the islands of dialects of Norman-French. The literary use of this dialect was first attempted in the nineteenth century, at a time when islanders began to fear the loss of traditional island culture. Nor should the presence of standard French be ignored. In effect, many educated islanders of the past were trilingual in French, island patois and English. Victor Hugo lived in the islands for nearly twenty years and wrote there the greatest novel of Guernsey life, Les Travailleurs de la mer, in French.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. 2017 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 02:02
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2018 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Channel Islands; Victor Hugo
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200511 Literature in French
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1075/fillm.5.13goo
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30850

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