Faroese

An Indo-European language and a member of the North Germanic group (West Scandinavian branch), spoken by c. 40,000 people in the Faroe Islands , where it is an official language, together with Danish. The closest linguistic affiliation is with Icelandic.

Faroese is a daughter language of Old Norse, which is best known as the language of the mediaeval sagas. In the early Middle Ages the Islands were invaded by Scandinavian settlers speaking a form of Old Norse.

The language has a very rich folk literature. A standardized writing system was devised by the Faroese linguist and writer V. U. Hammershaimb in the mid-19th century. It is the Roman alphabet with additional symbols (æ, ø, ð).


CLASSIFICATION = Indo-European family, SCRIPT = Roman

Courses
Talk Now! Faroese FAR CBEG 1

Grammar Reader
An introduction to modern Faroese FAR GRAM 1(PACK)
Faroese : An overview and reference grammar FAR GRAM 2