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Language officer's new challenge
There is to be a new focus on the use of the Guernsey-French language following the recruitment of a language development officer.

Jan Marquis takes up the reins of his new job this week.

He speaks patois fluently, and has taught, researched and campaigned for its revival in the past.

Guernesiais, a type of Norman French, has been spoken for more than a thousand years, but is now mainly confined to the older generation.

Mr Marquis, working with the States Culture and Leisure Department, will be responsible for promoting the language and helping its survival.



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