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  Danish
It is thought that Danish started to split from the ancestral Old Norse some time in the 13th century.
Danish words are normally stressed on the first syllable.
Danish is considered to be a Category I language in terms of difficulty for speakers of English.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/december/Danish.html   (850 words)

  
  Danish language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Danish also holds official status and is a mandatory subject in school in the former Danish colonies of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, that now enjoy limited autonomy.
Danish is the official language of Denmark, one of two official languages of Greenland (the other is Greenlandic), and one of two official languages of the Faeroes (the other is Faeroese).
Danish is also prone to a considerable reduction and assimilation of both consonants and vowels even in formal standard language.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Danish_language   (1901 words)

  
 Danish language - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Danish is one of the Scandinavian languages, a sub-group of the Germanic group of the Indo-European language family.
A common Danish phrase told to foreigners is 'rødgrød med fløde' (red berry pudding with cream), a Danish speciality and a line very difficult for foreigners to say due to the three 'ø's (with two different pronunciations), the initial throaty 'r', the rough 'gr' sound and the soft 'd's.
Danish is written using the Roman alphabet, with three additional letters: Æ/æ, Ø / ø, and Å / å, which come at the end of the Danish alphabet, in that order.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /danish_language.htm   (1308 words)

  
 Danish is the official language of Denmark   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Danish is the official language of Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.
Danish is not exactly known as one of the most beautiful languages in the world.
Danish is a language of the Indo-European family, and it belongs to the North Germanic group together with Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian (bokmål) and Swedish.
www.walla.dk /dk/danishlanguage.htm   (1881 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Danish language (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
Danish language, member of the North Germanic, or Scandinavian, group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages.
The spelling and pronunciation of the language began to be standardized c.1700, and a modern standard Danish can be said to have existed since about 1800, although there are still a number of dialects.
Although the vocabulary of Danish is substantially native, many words have been borrowed from other languages, notably from Low German in the 14th to 16th cent.; from High German, Latin, and French in the 16th to 19th cent.; and from English since the late 19th cent.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/D/Danishla.html   (484 words)

  
 Denmark.dk: Official website - Denmark - Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Danish is written in the Roman alphabet, expanded with the umlaut letters æ and ø and, since 1948 with å, which before that was written aa, representing vocalic sounds similar to those in e.g.
Danish pronunciation is difficult for foreigners; several vowels and consonants do not appear in other languages, and the Danish 'stød", the glottal stop, is quite unusual.
Moreover, the particular sound of Danish is partly due to the stød, a near-closing of the vocal chords which occurs regularly in specific word types, for instance in monosyllables like tab (loss), fugl (bird), hånd (hand) and in the present form læser (read(s)) as opposed to the noun læser (reader).
denmark.dk /portal/page?_pageid=374,520387&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL   (1632 words)

  
 Danish language - Article from FactBug.org - the fast Wikipedia mirror site
Danish is one of the Scandinavian languages, a sub-group of the Germanic group of the Indo-European language family.
A common Danish phrase told to foreigners is rødgrød med fløde ("red berry pudding with cream"), a Danish speciality and a line very difficult for foreigners to say due to the three ø sounds (with two different pronunciations), the initial throaty r, the rough gr sound and the soft d sounds.
Danish is written using the Roman alphabet, with three additional letters: Æ/æ, Ø / ø, and Å / å, which come at the end of the Danish alphabet, in that order.
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 Danish language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
A common Danish phrase told to foreigners is 'rødgrød med fløde' (red pudding with cream), a Danish speciality and a line very difficult for foreigners to say due to the abundance of 'ø's, the initial throaty 'r', the rough 'gr' sound and the soft 'd's.
Danish is written using the Roman alphabet, with three additional letters: Æ / æ, Ø / ø, and Å / å, which come at the end of the Danish alphabet, in that order.
Modern Danish and modern Norwegian use an identical alphabet (but in a different order, in Danish it is æøå and in Norwegian it is øæå), although pronunciation varies considerably.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/danish_language   (1090 words)

  
 Danish language -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Most Danish words are derived from the (Click link for more info and facts about Old Norse language) Old Norse language, with new words formed by compounding.
Written Danish and Norwegian (Norwegian Bokmål) are particularly close, though the pronunciation of all three languages differs significantly.
(A specialist in linguistics) Linguists consider Scanian to be a transitional language between Danish and (A Scandinavian language that is the official language of Sweden and one of two official languages of Finland) Swedish.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/D/Da/Danish_language.htm   (1442 words)

  
 Danish language Information - TextSheet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Spoken in Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Schleswig in Germany.
In addition, there is a small community of Danish speakers in the portion of Germany bordering Denmark.
Danish is written using the Roman alphabet, with three additional letters: Æ / æ, Ø / ø, and Å / å, which come at the end of the Danish alphabet, in that order.
www.calenvakhar.sferahost.com /encyclopedia/d/da/danish_language.html   (681 words)

  
 Dansk med accent - en torn i øjet
The most frequent foreigner pronunciation is that words with p/t/k are pronounced with Danish b/d/g, and the words we pronounce with the latter become voiced, which does not have any function in Danish and which we therefore do not expect to hear.
Pronunciation of Danish with 'thick ls' (known to us from American English), or 'rolling rs' we can either find charming or frightful, although these pronunciations under no circumstances can give rise to difficulties of comprehension, since there are no other words they could be confused with.
Pronunciation of Danish with mechanical stress (as is known from French) is irritating.
home.scarlet.be /~giedoc/tino/ober_en.html   (2295 words)

  
 Danish language, alphabet and pronunciation
Danish is a North Germanic language with around 5.5 million speakers mainly in Denmark, but also in Greenland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada, the UAE and the USA.
Danish was the official language of Norway until about 1830 and of Iceland until 1944.
Danish began to be used a literary languge during the 16th century.
www.omniglot.com /writing/danish.htm   (388 words)

  
 Dansk med accent - en torn i øjet
The most frequent foreigner pronunciation is that words with p/t/k are pronounced with Danish b/d/g, and the words we pronounce with the latter become voiced, which does not have any function in Danish and which we therefore do not expect to hear.
Pronunciation of Danish with 'thick ls' (known to us from American English), or 'rolling rs' we can either find charming or frightful, although these pronunciations under no circumstances can give rise to difficulties of comprehension, since there are no other words they could be confused with.
Pronunciation of Danish with mechanical stress (as is known from French) is irritating.
www.ping.be /~giedoc/tino/ober_en.html   (2295 words)

  
 Norway's languages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Bokmål was developed from the form of Danish that was freely spoken by government officials and by leading social circles in the cities; it therefore had the prestige of being the preferred speech of people with higher education and aspirations.
Danish and Swedish were not brought into use as written languages until the 12- and 1300s, at a time when Denmark in particular had become removed from the common Nordic foundation.
Naturally enough, Danish came to play a major role as the administrative language in the realm, and from 1500 Danish was the official language in Norway.
reisenett.no /facts/culture_science/languages.html   (2922 words)

  
 ABOUT DANISH
Danish is spoken by about 5,3 million people in Denmark, the Faeroe Islands and in Greenland and by about 20,000 people just south of the German border.
The presence of Danish in Germany goes back to the time before 1864 when the area belonged to Denmark, and the Danish minority south of the German border is very keen on preserving the Danish language through cultural activities, a Danish political party and Danish schools.
The Danish vocabulary is not based upon an enormous amount of words but it is in principle unlimited, as new words can freely be formed by means of compounding words or deriving from already existing words, eg.
www.hum.uit.no /a/svenonius/lingua/flow/li/about/about_da.html   (1508 words)

  
 Nordic FAQ - 3 of 7 - DENMARK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Danish is a Germanic language of the Nordic branch, mutually intelligible (with some practice) with Norwegian and Swedish.
The Danish National bank then paid from the "clearing-account", which was then supposed to be repaid by the Germans, this however never happened (the account still amounts to several milliards in 1996).
A lot of the stories are inaccurate or untrue and tend to polish the Danish image, which in view of the Governments acts from April 9th 1940 to 29 August 1943 is deeply tarnished by a policy of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
www.faqs.org /faqs/nordic-faq/part3_DENMARK   (11687 words)

  
 Language
The main reason why Danish came to i nfluence English was that the Vikings conquered and settled in three of four Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the second half of the 9h century and later conquered the whole country after new Viking raids.
Danish was subject to the strongest external influence in the period 1200-1500.
Today, Danish is the Nordic language with the most rapid pronunciation changes from generation to generation and during the last century the phasing out of dialects has happened faster than in most other countries.
www.um.dk /Publikationer/UM/English/FactsheetDenmark/Language/html/full_publication.htm   (2383 words)

  
 Faculty of Humanities - Courses in the Department of German and Nordic languages
Danish pronunciation, theory and exercises in the language laboratory of the faculty.
Continuation of 05.71.11 Danish Language and Language Use I. The aim is for students to attain a good command of communicative Danish with exercises in speaking, listening to, writing and reading Danish.
Danish literature, in particular of the 20th century, of which films have been made, will be discussed.
www.hi.is /prog/catalogue/german.html   (7701 words)

  
 Nordic FAQ - 3 of 7 - DENMARK
The Danish National bank then paid from the "clearing-account", which was then supposed to be repaid by the Germans, this however never happened (the account still amounts to several milliards in 1996).
A lot of the stories are inaccurate or untrue and tend to polish the Danish image, which in view of the Governments acts from April 9th 1940 to 29 August 1943 is deeply tarnished by a policy of collaboration with Nazi Germany.
Among their contemporaries were the two perhaps most famous figures of Danish literature throughout the ages: the fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75) [portrait on the right] and the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) whose influence was fully felt only with 20th-century existentialism.
www.cs.uu.nl /wais/html/na-dir/nordic-faq/part3_DENMARK.html   (11691 words)

  
 pronunciationguide.org: Danish
As one of the three major Scandinavian languages, Danish is closely related to Swedish and Norwegian but merits special treatment due to a few important differences in pronunciation.
Danish uses ä, æ, å and ø the same as in Norwegian and Swedish.
In general, Danish forms diphthongs by combining vowels with the letters v and g: then the sound of v becomes w and the sound of g essentially becomes y.
www.math.nyu.edu /~wendlc/pronunciation/Danish.html   (367 words)

  
 Danish - Language Directory
The closest relatives of Danish are the North Germanic languages of Scandinavia:
Danish is the official language of Denmark, one of two official languages of Greenland (the other is Greenlandic), and one of two official languages of the Faeroes (the other is Faeroese).
In addition, there is a small community of Danish speakers in the portion of Germany bordering Denmark.
language-directory.50webs.com /languages/danish.htm   (428 words)

  
 the Scandinavian languages compared (s.c.nordic texts)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Actually, the truth is somewhat more complex, since Norwegian and Danish have radically simplified their pronunciation and grammar in a way that Swedish has not, but the pronunciation of Danish has subsequently been influenced by that of German, while Swedish and Norwegian have not.
Danish hund "dog" is pronounced [hun?], with the stop articulation replaced by a "creaky voice", conventionally indicated by a glottal stop sign [?] in phonetic transcription.
Norwegian pronunciation, on the other hand, is closer to that of Swedish, and would be much easier for a Swede to understand than would that of a Dane.
www.lysator.liu.se /nordic/scn/Northgermanic.html   (1178 words)

  
 The Danish Language Council   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Danish Language Council cooperates with, or is represented on, a number of other Danish language-planning bodies, such as the Danish Place-Name Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture's Plant Nomenclature Committee, the Danish Standards Association, the Centre of Language Technology, and the Danish Terminology Group.
The publication of the official orthographical dictionary of the Danish language, Retskrivningsordbogen (the Orthographical Dictionary) is one of the important tasks of the Danish Language Council.
One special function for the Danish Language Council is to protect the Danish language as a common, public domain: when a firm applies for exclusive rights to a trademark consisting of one or more words, the Council is empowered to intervene just as the firm's competitors might.
www.dsn.dk /omdsn_en.htm   (1013 words)

  
 Yorkshire Folk Talk - Danish comparisons
When one hears Danish spoken in some of the country districts, the likeness is in some respects still more striking than it appears when written, as I will presently briefly draw attention to in one or two particulars.
I had, too, an opportunity of hearing the Danish folk-talk spoken in its fulness, for the people of that part had mixed but little with the outer world, and in their speech and customs were not far removed from their fore-elders of former centuries.
The Danish j when it occurs elsewhere than as the first letter of a word, is by no means always sounded: thus in gjore (to do or make) the j is mute, and in the Jutlandic dialect the word assumes various forms, such as gor, ger, gyr, with many others.
www.genuki.org.uk /big/eng/YKS/Misc/Books/FolkTalk/Chapter7.html   (5298 words)

  
 Danish language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Danish is one of the North Germanic languageScandinavian languages, a sub-group of the Germanic languagesGermanic group of the Indo-European languagesIndo-European language/ family.
Three 20th century20th-century Danish authors have become Nobel Prize laureates in Nobel Prize in LiteratureLiterature: Karl Adolph Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan (joint recipients in 1917) and Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (awarded 1944/).
Danish is the official language of Denmark, one of two official languages of Greenland (the other is Greenlandic languageGreenlandic), and one of two official languages of the Faroe IslandsFaeroes (the other is Faroese languageFaeroese).
www.infothis.com /find/Danish_language   (1598 words)

  
 Danish language - Enpsychlopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The r is a pharyngeal approximant, deep and throaty, instead of a trill (rolling r) found in most Slavic and Romance languages.
A common Danish phrase told to foreigners is rødgrød med fløde ("red berry pudding with cream"), a Danish speciality and a line very difficult for foreigners to say due to the three ø sounds (with two different pronunciations), the initial throaty r, the rough gr sound and the soft d sounds.
The same spelling reform did away with the practice of capitalising all nouns, as in German, and changed the spelling of a few common words, such as vilde, kunde and skulde, to their current forms of ville, kunne and skulle.
www.grohol.com /wiki/Danish_language   (1572 words)

  
 Modern Languages and Linguistics Library
A section on the history of the Scandinavian languages is followed by chapters on the pronunciation and grammar of Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian and a classified vocabulary list of the three languages.
Describes the actual pronunciation of Danish words as accurately as possible using a modified IPA.
Introduction to the pronunciation, inflections, and syntax of modern Faeroese along with a reader and Faeroese-English glossary.
www.library.uiuc.edu /mdx/bibliogs/Scandinavian/scandlanggen.htm   (708 words)

  
 Danish Translation Services - Translators English/Danish
Most Danish words are derived from the Old Norse language, though a large number of Danish words also come from German, French and English.
The rules of Danish pronunciation are difficult for speakers of English to learn as the written forms commonly do not correspond to the way modern Danish is pronounced.
Written Danish and Norwegian are especially close, though the pronunciation of all three languages differs considerably.
www.greentranslations.com /danish-translation.html   (232 words)

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