[Spellyans] Frisian orthography

ewan wilson butlerdunnit at ntlworld.com
Thu Nov 14 22:34:37 GMT 2013

Linus, Daniel and others..

Many thanks for a fascinating and stimulating insight into the Frisian language. It quite makes me want to get some grammar books on it and start to 'dabble' in what is by all accounts, after all, the closest language to English! 
And I hope it isn't perceived as too off topic from our Cornish concerns! 
By the way, was Cornish never spoken on the  Scilly isles?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Daniel Prohaska 
  To: Standard Cornish discussion list 
  Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:17 PM
  Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Frisian orthography

  Yes, but also because of he settlement history of North Frisia. The islands were settled up to 500 years earlier than the mainland, but even the mainland shows marked dialectal diversity. This is because the language was only spoken locally. Historically, across the region Low German or Southern Jutish were used as Linguae Francae, in modern times Standard German and sometimes Danish. The island dialects of Föhr (NF: Fering) and Amrum (NF: Oomram) are remarkably close, though they each show variantion even on the respective islands. All in all, linguistically North Frisia is an extremely divers place!

  On Nov 14, 2013, at 3:05 PM, Ray Chubb wrote:

    Due to the fact that North Frisia consists of a number of islands.

    On 14 Du 2013, at 10:04, Daniel Prohaska wrote:

      The NF dialects are partially quite divergent on all linguistic levels, so much more difficult to squeeze into one 'unified' system than Cornish would be. 

    Ray Chubb


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