Is it possible to revive a language by translating the world’s most popular social network? A man from Jersey is attempting to find out.

By translating the language used on Facebook into Jèrriais, the native language of Jersey, Tony Scott-Warren hopes to increase its usage. He hopes by making the site accessible in Jèrriais, the language will be rescued from extinction. Watch this video on the BBC to find out more about Tony’s efforts.

Jèrriais is a form of the Norman language used in Jersey, which is located in the Channel Islands. just off the coast of France. The number of people speaking the language has been in decline for over a century owing to the dominance of English, and there are very few native speakers left. According to the 2011 Census, there are only 1679 native speakers of Jèrriais, and 2760 people who speak it as a second language.

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