The Norn Language of Orkney and Shetland Paperback – 17 Mar 1998
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For some 950 years a Scandinavian language was spoken in Orkney and Shetland. It was introduced into the islands by Viking settlers and became the dominant form of speech there. Norroena, or Norn as it was later called, remained the chief medium of oral and written communication in the Northern Isles throughout the Viking Age for much of the Middle Ages. This book traces the history of Norn, describes its principal features and provides a selection of Scandinavian-language texts from the Northern Isles accompanied by English translation and commentary.
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Much of the book, however, is about Old Norse texts which are merely from (or believed to be from) the islands, even though not all of them contain any traces of local (ie, distinctly Norn) forms.
He only analyses one of the two translations of the Our Father, and only 8 of the 23 verses of the Hildina ballad, the longest examples of modern Norn (ie, the language that is distinctly Norn, rather than just Old Norse).
However, despite this, there is no comparable work, and until such time as there is, I believe this book deserves all 5 stars.