Faroese

Jun 1, 2010 by

To continue with our Scandinavian theme, let’s look at another Scandinavian language today: Faroese. It is spoken by 48,000 people on Faroe Islands (formally, part of Denmark, but self-governing in most matters). Faroese is an...

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Welsh in Aberdeenshire?!

Apr 1, 2010 by

Knowing something about the world’s languages, at least those spoken on one’s home turf, turns out to be a useful skill even for people whose jobs, seemingly, have nothing to do with linguistics. According to a BBC news item, “people...

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The languages of Scotland

Mar 28, 2010 by

When I ask my students what languages are spoken in Scotland, I usually get one of two answers: English or Scottish (or both). But in fact, it is not just two but three languages that are spoken in Scotland, and while one of them has...

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