Language Studies David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies
Grammar and exercises. Readings in Old Norse literature.
Winter Odd Years
Knowledge of a modern Scandinavian language
Returned missionaries from Iceland or those with equivalent experience should enroll in Iclnd 429.
Students will develop an understanding of the linguistic and literary features of Old Norse-Icelandic.
Reading and Analytical Skills
Students will develop the capacity to read and understand Old Norse-Icelandic texts with reasonable facility and develop an appreciation for the richness and variety of Old Norse-Icelandic literature through close readings from a variety of sagas and poetry.
Students will develop a sound understanding of Old Norse-Icelandic grammar (morphology, phonology, syntax), in part with reference to that of modern continental Scandinavian languages. They will also learn a substantial vocabulary of Old Norse-Icelandic, again with attention to cognates in modern Scandinavian and Germanic languages. They will develop a capacity to recognize the various morphological and phonological manifestations of the same word.