Icelandic "high Icelandic"?

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schneelocke
Tuesday 06th of December 2005 08:54:34 AM
"High Icelandic"?: Hi,

I've recently come across as something called "High Icelandic", which seems to be an attempt to create a version of Icelandic free of any foreign loanwords. It seems a bit strange to me, especially considering that it was created by a Belgian, but...

well, I'd be interested in hearing what native Icelanders think of this. :) What's your personal opinion on this? Is this whole thing even known in Iceland (I assume so, but I'm not sure)? Has it gotten media coverage? Which kind?

Thanks a bunch. :)


einhar
Thursday 08th of December 2005 06:58:46 AM
Well Iíve never heard of this before. It seems to me that this Belgian or whomever he is - at least the author knows Icelandic pretty well- is having fun. If he has made all these words up by himself he must have alot of free time for playing.
Anyways, if I made up some English words like this. Can I call it High English?

Examples:
Banana = Curvature fruit
ReykjavŪk = Smoke Bay
Akureyri = Field Spit
Liner = Seawater Horse
etc.

My opinion is that this guy is just mocking our language conservatism. I donít know of anything called High Icelandic. And my conclusion is that nobody will learn much Icelandic on the High Icelandic site. But if you are fluent in the language you may get a grin on your face by reading it.



schneelocke
Thursday 08th of December 2005 07:11:38 AM
Originally posted by einhar
Well Iíve never heard of this before. It seems to me that this Belgian or whomever he is - at least the author knows Icelandic pretty well- is having fun. If he has made all these words up by himself he must have alot of free time for playing.

[...]

My opinion is that this guy is just mocking our language conservatism. I donít know of anything called High Icelandic. And my conclusion is that nobody will learn much Icelandic on the High Icelandic site. But if you are fluent in the language you may get a grin on your face by reading it.


I think he's pretty serious about it, actually - check out his posts in the is.islenska newsgroup, for example (search for "Braekmans" or "Jozef Braekmans" on Google Groups, and you'll find many posts he made). The language he often seems to resort to is... well, colourful, to say the least.

That being said, thanks a lot for your input. :) He certainly seems like a crackpot to me, but I wasn't sure how much media attention he might have gotten in Iceland and how he is perceived there. The reason why I'm asking is that he wrote Wikipedia [1] articles in a number of languages about "High Icelandic" (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Icelandic, for example), and although others have attempted to improve them a bit, I still got the feeling that he's blowing the whole thing vastly out of proportion, so I figured I'd ask.

Thanks again! :)

Notes
1. You probably have heard about Wikipedia already - if you haven't, it's a free collaborative encyclopedia to which everyone can contribute. The English edition is at http://en.wikipedia.org ; there's also versions for many other languages (including Icelandic), but the English one's the biggest by far.


TheCountryGal
Tuesday 24th of October 2006 04:54:53 PM
I am a native icelandic speaker. I have to say that i only recall one time that this got a media coverage in Iceland. People are not interested in this at all.

My personal opinion is that this High Icelandic is a load of crap. The words and the sentences that he makes in "high icelandic" make no sense what so ever. I think that it is not worth paying attention to. I'd like to note that this is just my opinion and it does not reflect the opinion of the nation.


schneelocke
Tuesday 24th of October 2006 05:07:25 PM
Originally posted by TheCountryGal
I am a native icelandic speaker. I have to say that i only recall one time that this got a media coverage in Iceland. People are not interested in this at all.

My personal opinion is that this High Icelandic is a load of crap. The words and the sentences that he makes in "high icelandic" make no sense what so ever. I think that it is not worth paying attention to. I'd like to note that this is just my opinion and it does not reflect the opinion of the nation.

Thanks a bunch for the info! :)

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