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

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Goodall, Peter. 2017. "Creating the French world of the Channel Islands in 'Note Viaer Lingo'." Clark, Tom, Finlay, Emily and Kelly, Philippa (ed.) Worldmaking: literature, language, culture. Amsterdam, Philadelphia. John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 169-178
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Creating the French world of the Channel Islands in 'Note Viaer Lingo'

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2342
Book TitleWorldmaking: literature, language, culture
Authors
AuthorGoodall, Peter
EditorsClark, Tom, Finlay, Emily and Kelly, Philippa
Page Range169-178
SeriesFILLM Studies in Language and Literature
Chapter Number13
Number of Pages10
Year2017
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Philadelphia
ISBN9789027201324
9789027266163
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1075/fillm.5.13goo
Web Address (URL)https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/fillm.5.13goo/details
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.

KeywordsChannel Islands; Victor Hugo
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470504. British and Irish literature
470516. Literature in French
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c. 2017 John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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