BBC reports on all-Elfdalian preschool
kent.karlsson14 at telia.com
Mon Mar 21 23:22:58 CET 2016
Den 2016-03-21 04:38, "John Cowan" <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> quoted:
> Elfdalian is believed to be the
closest descendant of Old Norse, which was
> spoken by Scandinavians more
than 1,000 years ago.
My understanding is that modern Icelandic is much closer to Old Norse,
going back a millennia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Norse:
"Of the modern languages, Icelandic is the closest to Old Norse. Written
modern Icelandic derives from the Old Norse phonemic writing system.
Contemporary Icelandic-speakers can read Old Norse, which varies slightly
in spelling as well as semantics and word order."
Älvdalian goes back half a millennia (before which it followed the
"surrounding" language). And there no claim to be able to "easily"
read Old Norse texts, just to be able to recognise *some* Icelandic
(but quite a bit more than for, say, Swedish speakers).
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