LINGUIST List 15.1473

Mon May 10 2004

Confs: General Ling/East Scandinavian/Uppsala, Sweden

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  1. yair.sapir, F�rsta konferensen om �lvdalska

Message 1: F�rsta konferensen om �lvdalska

Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 17:35:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: yair.sapir <yair.sapirnordiska.uu.se>
Subject: F�rsta konferensen om �lvdalska


F�rsta konferensen om �lvdalska 

Date: 18-Jun-2004 - 19-Jun-2004
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Contact: Yair Sapir
Contact Email: yair.sapirnordiska.uu.se 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 
Subject Language Family: East Scandinavian 

Meeting Description:

This conference contains both scientifical and popular scientifical
papers (in Swedish) on the threatened Scandinavian variety of
Alvdalska, spoken by some 3000 persons in Dalarna, Sweden, and so far
little explored.

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Although related to Swedish, this variety cannot be understood by
speakers of the standard language. Alvdalska distinguishes itself from
other languages in the region by on one hand preserving a large part
of the original Norse lexicon, nasal vowels, opposition between
aspirated vs. unaspirated d, grammatical cases and on the other by
e.g. introducing new diphtongs and lexical innovations. Functioning as
the main language in the Alvdalen parish until few decades ago,
Alvdalska is today a highly threatened variety. For more information
(in Swedish) see:

http://www.nordiska.uu.se/aktuellt/alvdalska.htm
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