I would like to thank three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article. It goes without saying that any remaining errors or infelicities are my own.
Variation and Change in Sark Norman French1
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
© The author 2012. Transactions of the Philological Society © The Philological Society 2012
Transactions of the Philological Society
Volume 110, Issue 2, pages 149–170, July 2012
How to Cite
Jones, . M. C. (2012), Variation and Change in Sark Norman French. Transactions of the Philological Society, 110: 149–170. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-968X.2012.01288.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
With fewer than twenty remaining speakers, Sark Norman French (Sercquais) is the most vulnerable extant variety of insular Norman. It is therefore essential that the dialect is analysed and documented while native speakers remain. By comparing recent new data with forms recorded in previous decades by two linguistic atlases, this study examines variation and change in the phonology of Sercquais and sketches some areas of interest in the dialect’s lexis. Following Dorian (1994), the study further suggests that not all cases of widespread variation in dying languages should be automatically attributed to the process of obsolescence.