Old Norse: Introduction to the Language of Viking Scandinavia
Introduction to the language of Viking Scandinavia, with primary goal of providing students with the linguistic tools needed to read the fascinating Norse literature in the original. Systematic presentation of grammar of Old Norse, and development of knowledge and skills needed to read and translate a considerable variety of Norse prose and, to a lesser degree, poetic texts. Also examines the relationship of Old Norse to other Germanic languages, as well as aspects of ancient Scandinavian culture and history. No previous knowledge of linguistics is expected or assumed. Knowledge of German is moderately helpful but not necessary. Taught in English.