Written by Giovanni Pinto
Dyami Millarson recently wrote an article (click the link) explaining the benefit of sending a letter to the municipality of Wangerooge about the Wangerooge Frisian language which has recently been revived. As I support the revival of the Wangerooge Frisian language and I believe it is appropriate to inform the municipality of Wangerooge about the fact that Wangerooge Frisian is alive again, I decided to write the following letter of my own:
In recent times, with notice from the president of Foundation Operation X, Dyami Millarson, who has informed me of the very existence of Wangerooge Frisian, I have grown aware of the language of the island of Wangerooge, as well as my sympathy for the very exotic and insightful repertoire this language offers for the purpose of Linguistics and Anthropology.
Wangerooge Frisian is not Low Saxon (better known as Platt in German), but it is closer to English and other Frisian languages: I myself am a speaker of the local language of the Frisian island of Schiermonnikoog in the Netherlands, which is rich in similarity with Wangerooge Frisian and in turn the Standard Western Frisian language. As a token of the similarity with English, Wangerooge Frisian has the “th” sound like the English language.
In spite of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is rampant in these difficult times, and considering also that the Frisian language of Wangerooge has disappeared in the previous century, the language of Wangerooge is making its comeback with the help of our Operation X team under the benevolent guidance of president Dyami Millarson.
As for my own efforts, I am compiling a lexicon of terms found in the Wangerooge language, and I am accessing online archives from the 19th century to gain insight into this language.
I hope to have properly informed the municipality of Wangerooge about the fact that Wangerooge Frisian is alive again and I hope that the municipality of Wangerooge will properly acknowledge this fact while it may be a cultural and economic opportunity for the island.