Date

2014

Major

Anthropology (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Heidi Altman

Abstract

The Orkney and Shetland islands of Scotland were at one time colonized by Vikings and belonged firmly within the field of Scandinavian cultural influence. During this time the people of these archipelagos spoke a unique language known as Norn which evolved from the Old Norse language. Norn went extinct under the influence of Scots English some time after Scottish annexation of the islands, and the majority of the language was lost, save for a handful of remembered words and one ballad comprising thirty-five stanzas. Using this ballad and its Old Norse translation, this paper attempts to map the sound changes that resulted in the emergence of the Norn language.

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