Channel Islands English

The Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark) are regarded as a French-speaking area in traditional dialectology because the original language on the islands is a form of Norman French that has been spoken there for centuries. But over the last 200 years, English has gained more and more influence and is the dominant language on the islands today. It has gradually replaced the local Norman French dialects, which will most certainly not survive as a living language. Channel Island English is characterised by a unique blend of features originating from different sources. On the one hand, there are non-standard features of British English that have arrived in the Channel Islands as a result of the close connections with Britain and because of the many British immigrants. On the other hand, Channel Island English comprises features that have their origin in Channel Island French.

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