"The Norse element in the Orkney dialect"

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The Orkney and Shetland Islands, along with Caithness on the Scottish mainland, are identified primarily in terms of their Nordic cultural and linguistic heritage. Linguistically, in particular, such a focus is an imperative for maintaining cultural identity in the Northern Isles. This paper focusses on placing the rise and fall of Orkney Norn in its geographical, social, and historical context and examines the remnants of the Norn substrate in the modern dialect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorthern Lights, Northern Words
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers from the FRLSU Conference, Kirkwall 2009
EditorsRobert McColl Millar
PublisherForum for Research into the Languages of Scotland and Ulster
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9566549-1-5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2010


  • linguistic dialect history


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