Jersey children could get Jerriais book
- 8 October 2011
- From the section Jersey
Campaigners for Jersey's native language, Jerriais, are hoping to produce a new children's book.
Tony Scott Warren, Jerriais language officer, attended the annual conference of MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership in Cornwall.
He said a colourful new children's book in the series about a Cornish village "may provide a pattern for a similar publication in Jerriais".
There are about 200 children learning Jerriais in island schools.
Mr Scott Warren said: "Unlike Cornish, there isn't a debate about how to write Jerriais.
"In recent years, L'Office du Jerriais and the Societe Jersiaise have published English-Jerriais and Jerriais-English dictionaries which have enabled the introduction of a GCSE-equivalent."
According to the 2001 census there were 2,874 people who spoke Jerriais, about 3% of the population, but about 15% have some understanding of the language.