The Languages of Scandinavia

The Languages of Scandinavia

Author: Ruth H. Sanders

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226759753

Category: History

Page: 221

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This work narrates the shared history of the seven languages of Scandinavia and their development from earliest times to the present: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish, and Sámi. These "seven sisters of the north" have coexisted in Scandinavia for millennia but come from two distinct language families: two of them are Finno-Ugric and five Germanic. Traditionally, studies of the linguistic history have considered the two families separately because of their ultimate differing origins. However, a crisscrossing of names, territories, and even to some extent language genetics in the North through millennia has created a body of shared culture, experience, and linguistic influence that is illuminated when these seven languages are told as a singular story, an approach that has been called language contact. This book breaks new ground by considering them together. --

Minority Languages in Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland

Minority Languages in Scandinavia, Britain and Ireland

Author: Ailbhe Ó Corráin

Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell International

ISBN: UOM:39015041919047

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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"This volume contains nine articles which taken together constitute a survey of the minority languages spoken in the Nordic Countries and the British Isles. The aim of the volume is to examine the languages in question from a sociolinguistic and linguistic point of view and to provide some insight into features which characterise minority languages in general."--ABSTRACT.

Multilingual Urban Scandinavia

Multilingual Urban Scandinavia

Author: Dr. Pia Quist

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 9781847694881

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 264

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This book presents, for the first time, an overarching, trans-Scandinavian, comprehensive and comparable account of linguistic developments and practices in late modern urban contact zones. The book aims to capture the multilingual realities of all young people in urban contexts, whether they are of migrant descent or not. Taking a multi-layered approach to linguistic practices, chapters in the book include structural and phonological analyses of new linguistic practices, examine how these practices and their practitioners are perceived, and discuss the sociolinguistic potentials of speakers when constructing, challenging and negotiating identities. The book also contains three short overview articles describing studies of multilingual practices in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The editors have aimed to make Scandinavian research on urban multilingualism accessible to scholars and students who don’t speak Scandinavian languages, and also to make a valuable contribution to the global study of multilingualism.

The Scandinavian Influence on the English Language

The Scandinavian Influence on the English Language

Author: Johannes Huhmann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783638902380

Category:

Page: 40

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 71 von 80, University of Manchester (School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures), course: Introduction to Middle English Language, 7 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In the history of English, the language came into contact with different speech communities. Influences of Celtic, Latin, Scandinavian and French left their mark from the beginning in Anglo-Saxon times onwards, and the colonial expansion of the British Empire in the last three centuries resulted in the contact with even more speech communities. Through these language contacts, English changed a lot - it showed the tendency to incorporate foreign influences, especially lexical ones, more likely in the first place; its grammar changed from being and analytic one towards being synthetic; and in terms of the lexicon, it changed from being a Germanic to a partly Romanic influenced language. In this essay, I want to examine the influence of the Scandinavian language on English and to what extent it was responsible for the general changes mentioned above. 45 per cent of the commoner words and 25 per cent of the general lexis1 in the present day English lexicon are a result of the language contact between Old English and Old Norse during the period of Scandinavian invasions and settlement in the eighth and ninth century - but the lexical influences are only one result of the language contact and I will try to show the other effects the Scandinavian influence had on English as well. Abbreviations The Abbreviations I will use in this paper are "EME" for Early Middle English, "ModE" for Modern English, "ON" for Old Norse, "OE" for Old English and "PDE" for Present Day English.

The Early Runic Language of Scandinavia

The Early Runic Language of Scandinavia

Author: Hans Frede Nielsen

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter

ISBN: STANFORD:36105029806366

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 445

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The book investigates the dialectal status of the language of the older runic inscriptions of Scandinavia (AD 200-500) within a framework that encompasses all the early Germanic languages of north-western Europe. The dialect geographical results achieved are compared with the evidence provided by place-name scholarship and by the reports of the classical and post-classical historians as well as by archeological research.