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Sark from the air

Sark from the air.


It is a language which is dying out, so Eddie Parks went to find out more about the future of Sercquiais from locals John and Trevor Hamon.

Eddie made a trip to Sark to speak to some of the locals and find out more about the language of Sercquiais.

He spoke to father and son blacksmiths John and Trevor Hamon to learn a little about shoeing a horse. And also found out whether the language is still being spoken in the island by any of the locals.

Is there a future for Sercquiais in the modern world?

Is it a language that is dying out on the island or should we be fighting to save it?

last updated: 02/05/2008 at 15:20
created: 25/08/2005

Have Your Say

Do you think it would be unfortunate if Sarkasie is no longer spoken on the Island? Should we fight to keep it alive?

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Shame no one can agree on the spelling of the language! I do, however, think that these types of languages should be kept alive and celebrated as part of a unique heritage, whilst embracing other more widely spoken languages in order to keep pace with the rest of the world.

On the contrary, I consider sarkaise doesn't have to be recovered. Islanders should do better learning french, and not a so small language.

i think sertchiais should be kept alive, if there is no increase in immigrant population, and if its taught in sark school then it will be quite unique for such a small islande to speak in both languages, like Wales

E Cross
I think Sarkasie must be kept alive and promoted! It is a precious gem of a tongue and will be advantageous for cultural worth, intellectual development as well as touristic interest. It needs to be put into print and circulated beyond Sark. English speakers ought to esteem it more highly.

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