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An Icelandic Primer

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Author: Henry Sweet
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 32,455 / 158 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.9
LoC Category: P
Downloads: 3,383 6760
Genre: Language


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(half adj.), fōlk (people); cp. fōlginn (hidden) with brostinn (burst ptc.).


31. v is dropped before o and u: vaxa (to grow), prt. ōx, vinna (to win), unninn (won ptc.), svelta (to starve), soltinn (starved, hungry).

Final r is often assimilated to a preceding cons.

32. *-lr, *-nr, *-sr always become -ll, -nn, -ss after a long vowel or diphthong, as in stōll (chair nom.), acc. stōl, steinn (stone nom.), acc. stein, vīss (wise masc. nom. sg.), vīs fem. nom. sg., and in unacc. syllables, as in the masc. sg. nominatives mikill (great), fem. mikil, borinn (carried), fem. borin, ȳmiss (various) fem. ȳmis.

33. Words in which l, n,



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