North American Icelandic

North American Icelandic

The Life of A Language

eBook - 2006
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North American Icelandic evolved mainly in Icelandic settlements in Manitoba and North Dakota and is the only version of Icelandic that is not spoken in Iceland. But North American Icelandic is a dying language with few left who speak it.
North American Icelandic is the only book about the nature and development of this variety of Icelandic. It details the social and linguistic constraints of one specific feature of North American Icelandic phonology undergoing change, namely Flámæli, which is the merger of two sets of front vowels. Although Flámæli was once a part of traditional Icelandic, it was considered too confusing and was systematically eradicated from the language. But in North America, Flámæli use spread unchecked, allowing the rare opportunity of viewing the evolution of a dialect from its birth to its impending demise.

North American Icelandic evolved mainly in Icelandic settlements in Manitoba and North Dakota and is the only version of Icelandic that is not spoken in Iceland. But North American Icelandic is a dying language with few left who speak it.


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Arbjörnsdóttir (English, U. of Iceland) presents the first study of the North American (NA) Icelandic language, a variety that developed in the early Icelandic settlements of Manitoba and North Dakota starting in the 1870s. The text offers a description of the linguistic and social features that separate this variety from the varieties spoken in Iceland. The study also examines the ways that the intensive contact with English and the status of NA Icelandic caused changes in the lexicon, morphology, phonology, and syntax of the North American variety. No subject index. Distributed in the U.S. by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg : University of Manitoba Press, ©2006
ISBN: 9780887553493
0887553494
9780887556944
0887556949
Characteristics: 1 online resource (165 pages) : illustrations

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