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  • Ælfwine

    Creating Fjallandic

    February 16, 2017 by Ælfwine

    Fjallandic is a partial worldbuilding/partial thought experiment on how a language or dialect of Old Norwegian might arise in (partial) isolation. Fjalland is a fictional region northeast of Trondheim that, like Elfdalian, preserves several extinct Old Norse features while innovating new features.

    Some of the features of Fjallandic are discussed below:

    Like Old Norse, Modern Fjallandic has only three regular vowels in unstressed positions – /a i u/. Most traces of Old Norse unstressed vowels have reduced to schwa or syncoped entirely. These new vowels are instead from sequences that contain two similar vowels and either a nasal consonant or a dental fricative in between. (This was taken from ED with permission.)

    Like Swedish and Norwegian, Fj…

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  • Ælfwine

    Creating Greenlandic

    December 24, 2016 by Ælfwine

    Mission: The goal is to construct a naturalistic, a-posteriori conlang, derived from 10th century Old Norse and spoken in Greenland, after centuries of isolation from mainland Europe but reoccurring contact with Native Americans. I intend there to be two main dialects, both of which correspond to the two major historical settlements in Greenland by the Norse: The Western Settlement and the Eastern Settlement. Because it is known that the Norse Greenlanders were in contact with the Inuit, I expect the language to be moderately influenced by that language, possibly taking in a number of loan words or grammatical features. However, I am hesitant to completely supplant the grammar of Greenlandic with that of the Inuit-Eskimo languages. As this…

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