Image from: http://www.forest-tracks.co.uk/

PROWAL VARSTRANDER
MARSTRANDER'S TEST


Image from: http://www.forest-tracks.co.uk/

Ayns ny bleeantyn 1929, 1930 as 1933, hug Carl Marstrander, yn chengeyder ard-ghooagh Norlannagh, shilley er Mannin as eh shirrey loayreyderyn dooie ny Gailckey son dy recortyssey ad er rollianyn kere. Hie eh mygeayrt er e ghaa-wheeyl shirrey sleih, as hug eh 'feyshtyn prowal' daue, dy gheddyn magh cre'n sorch dy ghreim er y Ghailck v'oc.

Cur eab er freggyrt ny 'feyshtyn prowal' echey as fow magh beagh Marstrander er choontey uss feeu son dy ve nane jeh ny 'ourallee' echey!


(Photo courtesy of Manx National Heritage)

In the years 1929, 1930 and 1933, Marstrander, the renown Norwegian linguist, visited the Isle of Man, searching for native Manx speakers in order to record them on wax cylinders. He went round on his bicycle looking for people, and he asked them 'test questions', to find out how well they spoke Manx.

Try and answer his 'test questions' and find out if Marstrander would have thought you worthy of becoming one of his 'victims'!



SHASS YN PROWAL TAKE THE TEST





P .E. Rogers 2015