THE REVIVAL OF THE FRENCH-VALAISIAN DIALECT

Although nowadays spoken by only a small minority of elderly people in the remote side valleys, the French-Valaisian dialect is being revived in evening schools and even in a cantonal project for primary school. The difference between this dialect and standard French equals at least that between Swiss German and High German. Moreover there are varieties that exceed those within Swiss German in areas of comparable size. Having had a house in that region since 1999 I have become interested in these dialects and have been studying them for several years.