Norman language

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Native to

France (Normandy), Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney,† Herm,† Sark, England,† (See: Norman England) Ireland,† (See: Norman Ireland) Canada†(formerly used to a certain degree in eastern Canada) (Quebec†), Kingdom of Sicily,†(used in a limited degree) Principality of Antioch

now defunct in area
Region Normandy and the Channel Islands
Native speakers ?
Language family
Writing system Latin (French alphabet)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguist List fra-nor
  xno (Anglo-Norman)
Linguasphere 51-AAA-hc & 51-AAA-hd
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Areas where the Norman language is strongest include Jersey, Guernsey, the Cotentin and the Pays de Caux.

Norman is a language spoken mainly in Normandy. It is a Romance language (a language which comes from Latin). It is closely related to French. After the Norman Conquest, Norman changed the English language considerably.

Forms of the Norman are still used in the Channel Islands,

  • Jèrriais on Jersey
  • Guernésiais on Guernsey
    • Auregnais on the Guernsey dependency of Alderney
    • Sercquiais on the dependency of Sark

No one now uses Sercquiais or Auregnais as their first language, but Jèrriais and Guernésiais are still used.