Les Fieillets Jèrriais
Salutâtions tout l’monde, espéthons qué l’mais d’Juîn i’ s’sa (sait) brûlant! Thank you to those who attended last month’s meeting. We were honoured with a visit by a language researcher from London, Julia Sallabank, who was introduced to the present state of Jèrriais and the attempts by all concerned to maintain and improve its use. She will maintain contact with all groups and hopes to help with recording examples from the different parishes.
We have also received news that Dr. Mari Jones is forming a Channel Islands Research Group to operate from Cambridge and would like to include the SJ Section in its publicity.
In addition, Alice Smith, a research student at Rennes, has discussed the use of Jèrriais signage and public response with Geraint and Colin at L’Office and hopes to visit us in August or September for any further information.
Meanwhile, disturbing reports have been received that Jersey Heritage is taking/has taken down all the signs in Jèrriais for reasons unknown at present. The situation is being investigated.
In contrast, Stéphane Rault, who is working in conveyancing, is compiling a list of all the field names not in/on the text/maps of Jersey Place Names and correcting the ‘mistakes’. More on this from the Jèrriais aspect as soon as we can.
La Fête Normande has been and gone and news of the response to the new-style Guernsey programme will be included in the next Fieillets.
Links with Normandy are being re-established by St. Martin’s Twinning Committee and we have been asked to provide anything in Jèrriais that would be interesting and would help in reviving the earlier exchanges of material. We will report on the meeting in the next Fieillets.
Apart from the continued mis-pronunciation/Anglicisation by our radio news readers there are no reported errors on signage.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 3rd at 8. 00 pm in the Arthur Mourant Room at the SJ when we will continue with the literature review, discuss our Eisteddfod choices and have some language practice.
À la préchaine,
John Clarke (Président).
Ralph Nichols (Ségrétaithe).
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