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- proper n. The Old Norse language as spoken and written in Iceland in the Middle Ages, quite similar to Old Norwegian, but differing most markedly in orthography and, to a lesser extent, in phonology.
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- n. the extinct dialect of Old Norse that was spoken in Iceland up until about 1600
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The only university course in Scandinavian studies in New Zealand is that which was set up (as part of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature) at the University of Auckland in 1965, though Old Icelandic is taught from time to time at other universities (primarily Otago and Massey).
Meanwhile, Vahni Capildeo, Trinidadian now living in Oxford, England where she studied Old Icelandic, submitted a terse story that intertexts with Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.
The book offers far more than a review of this scope can indicate, for there are treatments of Latin riddles (compared and contrasted with the Old English ones), of parallels in Old Icelandic, of systems of analysis and classification of riddles, of kennings and their special role in riddle-songs, of the translation procedure followed by the author (with some reference to that of other translators), etc.
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