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 Flám li, which is the merger of two sets of front vowels. Although Flám li was once a part of traditional Icelandic, it was considered too confusing and was systematically eradicated from the language. But in North America, Flám li use spread unchecked, allowing the rare opportunity of viewing the evolution of a dialect from its birth to its impending demise.
Author: Birna Arnbjornsdottir Publisher: University of Manitoba Press Published: 12/15/2006 Pages: 220 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.44lbs Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.60d ISBN: 9780887556944
About the Author Birna Arnbj?rnsd?ttir is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Iceland.