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Auðvarðr Hinn Rauði
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PostSubject: Pronunciation   Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:29 pm

So, seeing as we don't have any actual Norsemen to speak to, how would we go about pronouncing this language? Currently, when I read it, I go for the general Icelandic pronunciation (invariable influenced by Faroese though)

For example:
ð as the good old dental fricative
something like “garpur”, I would pronounce “garsh-pur” (with a special Faroese-style ‘ur’ sounds which I currently have no way of typing haha)


How would one actually say it? I've learnt Old English pronunciation, so I'm sure I could fit this in too Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Pronunciation   Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:02 pm

Well we don't have any surviving Norsemen of the time, no... but what we do have, are the brilliant minds of linguists and archaeologists [ myself included. Wink ] and we can quite accurately reconstruct a system of Old Norse pronunciation based on various sources...

1) The rune carvings can shed light on to the phonemic qualities of spellings using the Roman alphabet.
2) Close examination of Old English, and Latin and other languages at the time can show how the Roman alphabet
would have been adapted for use with Old Norse.
3) Diachronistic study of Icelandic, Faroese and Norwegian can also give help in understanding how the pronunciation
developed which can show a lot about what it would have been originally.

I am confident in one particular system of pronunciation which is the result of 200 years of research. The pronunciation featured
in "A New Introduction To Old Norse I by Michael Barnes"

For those unfortunate enough not to own a copy, I may try and create a full guide, based on that and perhaps expanding on other points... I think it would be useful to have recorded pronunciations of words... I may try recording a few. Smile

But it's not that much like modern Faroese or Icelandic unfortunately.
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PostSubject: Re: Pronunciation   Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:18 pm

I thought so ; ) it would be nice to know how to say things!
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PostSubject: Re: Pronunciation   Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:30 pm

Hey guys,

I'm new here and new to ON. I studied some modern Icelandic while I was deployed, but didn't get too far. My reason for reviving this thread is to let you know that I have a PDF of "A New Introduction To Old Norse I by Michael Barnes": part 1 and 2. Not sure if there is a file section, but I don't mind sharing it. Also, I have just started reading "Old Icelandic: An Introductory course" by Sigrid Valfells and James E. Cathey. Is this one worth the while? What is the difference between saga age Old Icelandic and viking age Old Norse. Should I start with Barnes' book first.

Thanks in advance,
Agnarr

Also, a recorded pronunciation would help enormously! I'm no linguist, after all.
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