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Old Norman was one of many langue d'oïl 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 is often confused with Old French, which is sometimes used to describe all langue d'oïl dialects together.

Old Norman contained many Norse (and a few Celtic) loanwords unknown in Old French at that time.

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

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