Re: [norse_course] Old Icelandic vs. Old Norwegian
- There is little difference. Old Icelandic or Old Norse was spoken throughout
Scandinavia (with some dialectical variations) in the Viking Age. The main
dialectical variation is between West Norse (in Iceland and Norway) and East
Norse (in Denmark and Sweden). There are two languages spoken in Norway
today; one is the direct descendant of West Norse, but is only spoken in
primarily rural areas, and the other, the more common, is descended from
Danish, from the period (c16th C?) when Norway came under the Danish crown.
> I've just started learning Old Norse from this site, and it says that--
> it teaches Old Icelandic. However, I'm curious; what are some of the
> main differences between Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian? I'm
> learning Norwegian right now also, and I'm wanting to compare the
> present day language with that of the Vikings... so I'm just
> wondering if there's any big differences between O.I. and O.N.
> Thanks a lot!
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