Preserving Jersey’s endangered Jèrriais language

Jersey Norman French, or Jèrriais, has been spoken in Jersey for over 1,000 years. Today, however, the language is spoken by some 0.5% of the population, which amounts to 500 speakers. Mari Jones has worked with residents, educators and policymakers to demonstrate the importance of Jèrriais to local identity, and her contributions to language planning initiatives have played a role in the decision to make Jèrriais an ‘official language’ as well as being taught in schools.

Added 10 November 2022