Unges dialektbrug i bygden Sandur på Færøerne.

Translated title of the contribution: Dialectal use of young pupils in the village of Sandur in the Faroes

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In this article, dialect changes and variation among young schoolchildren in the
island of Sandoy in the Faroe Islands are discussed. The fieldwork was made by a
group of students at the University of the Faroe Islands in November 2019 under
the guidance of this article’s author. The informants are two groups of 10 and 15 year old schoolchildren. Here three dialectal variables are examined: (i) The variation of definite and indefinite form of words for family members, for instance the dialectal form mamman ‘the mother’ and the Central Faroese form mamma ‘mother’; (ii) Personal and possessive pronouns in 1st and 2nd person plural in oblique case, for instance the dialect form [o:gʊn] <okum> ‘us’ and the Central Faroese form [ɔʰk:ʊn] <okkum> ‘us’; (iii) The pronunciation of short ó with the dialectal variant [ɔ] and the Central Faroese form [œ], for instance [fɔlk] resp. [fœlk] <fólk> ‘people’.

This study shows both stability and change in the dialect of children in Sandoy: Stability in use of the dialectal forms of the personal and possessive pronouns, and variation and change in the two other variables.
Translated title of the contributionDialectal use of young pupils in the village of Sandur in the Faroes
Original languageDanish
Pages (from-to)173-187
Number of pages14
JournalOslo Studies in Language
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Faroese language
  • dialect
  • Dialectal variation
  • youth
  • Sandur
  • Faroe Islands


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