Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE[4]: Huh?
by dylansmrjones on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 08:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Huh?"
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

Nope, the Zealandic province. Old Rural Zealandic is in terms of pronounciation and gramma quite similar to Swedish and Icelandic, but more archaic than Swedish, but not as much as Swedish. Compare Zealandic 'vaðn' with Icelandic 'vatn' or Swedish 'vatten' - and compare with standard Danish 'vand' (silent d, since 'nn' cannot happen word final), or Norwegian 'vann'.

Bornholmsk isn't that different from other Danish dialects (incl. Scanian) - OTOH, I don´t consider Danish and Icelandic to be particularly different. I also consider Old Low Franconian to be easy to read, so my opinion doesn't count ;)

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RE[5]: Huh?
by henderson101 on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 08:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Huh?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Etymology isn't agreeing here. The old Germanic version of Water had a T, so the Swedish/Danish look closer.

Old English wæter, of Germanic origin; compare Old Saxon watar, Old High German wazzar, Gothic watō, Old Slavonic voda; related to Greek hudor


The German (country) dialect developed S (Wasser), most of the rest have T or D depending on whether the sound became voiced again or not.

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RE[6]: Huh?
by dylansmrjones on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 09:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Huh?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Hmm... Old Norse (Danish by its speakers then) had 'vatn', Modern Icelandic has 'vatn', Zealandic has 'vaðn' (t -> soft d) and Swedish has 'vatten' (remember: hidden vowel between t/ð and n).

Swedish however has a very different phonology where Danish (and particularly the Belt-dialects in Denmark) has a phonology near-identical to Icelandic, but more conservative than the Icelandic phonology.

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