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  •  Yes, this is true.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Bryce in Seattle, Neon Mama

    MN, WI, IA, ND, SD all have/had a high ratio of Scandinavian immigrants.  There was also a colony of Icelanders (descended from Vikings and Celts) in one ND county.

    When I moved to the Pacific NW, I lost my Scandinavian brogue (I pick up accents just conversing with someone; yes, that fast).  I couldn't imitate it for love nor money..., until I took two years of Norwegian in the early '80s with the aim of reading all three Scandinavian languages (which are mutually intelligible with only slight differences in spelling and pronunciation).  Then I could get back to imitating the accent.  I forgot most of it for lack of practice..., and discovered 25+/- years later that it didn't help to read old Dano-Norsk with phonetic spelling in local dialects in pre-1900 documents anyway.  Well, more pre-1910.  Norway didn't have their first official dictionary until 1917, and they have two official versions of their language on top of that.  The whole language thing gets pretty interesting, actually.  It's just one more thing to remember aside from having a thorough knowledge of the patronymic naming system when doing Scandinavian research.

    If you remember, kosmail me.  :-)

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 05:43:52 PM PST

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