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3430Re: [norse_course] Sv: Re: Sleepless in .se

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  • Haukur Thorgeirsson
    Aug 5 3:23 AM
      Hey, Sjuler.

      > I think that the most important reason to make a recording in a
      > reconstructed Old Norse is that the metre recitation will be more
      > accurate (in theory). E.g., Modern Icelandic often has an extra
      > syllable (Eirikur instead of Eirikr) which makes a recitation
      > somewhat invalid.

      Yes. I suppose. Another metrical issue is syllable length which
      is important in the dróttkvætt metres. In Old Norse, as in Latin
      and Greek, there should be short and long syllables. In modern
      Icelandic, however, all syllables are "long".

      So, in theory, there may be something to gain from an accurate
      reconstructed pronunciation. But to get the syllable length
      right it would probably be best to get a Finnish speaker to
      read. Finnish (and I think Estonian too) distinguishes
      syllables like: at, aat, att and aatt by length of the sounds.

      Any takers?

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