New book on Saamic-North Germanic lg contacts

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
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From: Michael Riessler <michael.riessler at>

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to a recently published book on
Saamic-North Germanic language contacts.
Below you find the bibliographical data as well as a short synopsis.
For further Information (in German) and a complete table of contents
please visit:

Best regards,
Michael Rießler

AUTHOR: Jurij Kusmenko
TITLE: Der samische Einfluss auf die skandinavischen Sprachen. Ein
Beitrag zur skandinavischen Sprachgeschichte
SERIES: Berliner Beiträge zur Skandinavistik; 10
PUBLISHER: Nordeuropa-Institut der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
YEAR: 2008
PAGES: 462
PRICE: €59,80
ISBN: 978-3-932406-25-6
ISSN: 0933-4009

Historical Linguistics

North Germanic

The North Germanic languages show a number of features that
differentiate them from other Germanic languages. Even though some of
these features run parallel to the neighboring Saamic languages, any
influence Saamic may have had on North Germanic has mostly been
categorically denied in the past. This has mainly been caused by the
stigmatization of the Saami during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The present study does not only attempt to trace various North
Germanic features back to influences caused by Saamic interference,
but also to show that the spreading of these features was also
possible from a sociolinguistic perspective. In this, the focus lies
particularly on the relationship between the Saamic and Germanic
population during the period of Common North-Germanic. Among other
things, the representation of the Saami in Old Norse literature as
well as the possibility of Saamic influence on North Germanic
mythology are treated.

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