Old Norman

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Old Norman, also called Old Northern French or Old Norman French, was one of many langues d'oïl (Old French) dialects. It was spoken throughout the region of what is now called Normandy and spread into England, Southern Italy, Sicily and the Levant. It is the ancestor of modern Norman, including the insular dialects (such as Jèrriais), as well as Anglo-Norman. Old Norman was an important language of the Principality of Antioch during Crusader rule in the Levant.[1]

Old Norman contained several Old Norse loanwords unknown in other Old French dialects at that time.

Writings of the Jersey-born poet Wace are among the few records of Old Norman that remain.

Acts of the United Kingdom parliament are confirmed with the words "La Reyne le veult" ("The Queen wishes it"), and other Norman phrases are used on formal occasions as legislation progresses.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Madden, Thomas F. (12 September 2005). Crusades: The Illustrated History. University of Michigan Press. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-472-03127-6. 
  2. ^ "La Reyne le veult – why are Acts of Parliament confirmed in Norman French rather than English? – Royal Central". royalcentral.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
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