Guernsey-French reintroduced through song

A song project is helping to keep a Channel Island language alive, it has been claimed.

Guernsey Language Commission said there has been a resurgence of interest in Guernesiais since the launch of its Guernsey Song Project.

Songwriters and musicians have been asked to write a song which includes a word, a line or more of Guernesiais, to play at local events.

The language was widely spoken until the first half of the 20th Century.

Its decline has been attributed to a number of factors, including parents no longer speaking it to their children.

Museum archive

According to the 2001 census, Guernesiais is spoken daily by about 1,300 people

All songs created as part of the Guernsey Song Project will be kept in the language archive of Guernsey Museums to be used as an educational resource.

Steve Falla, the organiser of the song project, said not having an extensive knowledge of the language was not a barrier,

"You don't have to be fluent to get involved," he said.

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