SCAND 429

Old Norse

Language Studies Kennedy Center for International Studies

Course Description

Grammar and exercises. Readings in Old Norse literature.

When Taught

Winter Odd Years

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Recommended

Knowledge of a modern Scandinavian language

Note

Returned missionaries from Iceland or those with equivalent experience should enroll in Iclnd 429.

Title

Cultural-Linguistic context

Learning Outcome

Students will develop an understanding of the linguistic and literary features of Old Norse-Icelandic.

Title

Reading and Analytical Skills

Learning Outcome

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.

Title

Linguistic Skills

Learning Outcome

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.