Exciting workshop on immigrant language
24 participants from Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the United States attended a workshop on immigrant languages in the America at Fefor Høifjellshotell September 21. - 24.
There were talks about the languages Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Frisian and Pennsylvania Dutch in the United States, together with Icelandic in Canada and Swedish in Brazil. Many linguistic aspects of the languages were discussed: phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and lexicographical. In addition, participants were given insight into the immigrant's story, and themes such as language acquisition and language attrition were discussed.
The workshop was the second in a series about immigrant languages in the United States, the first was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2010. Both workshops demonstrated that this is an exciting area of research where much work still remains.
In addition to the professional program, a hike to Feforkampen was arranged. Moreover, the participants visited Sygard Grytting - an old farm and a hotel - owned by the same family during the past 700 years.
Workshop participants outside Fefor Høifjellshotell.