Icelandic is the language called which the Icelanders user as their national
languange. This language branches off the North Germanic languages
(Scandinavian), which in turn branches off the Indo-European branch. The
Icelandic language roots come from the Old Norse, which was the language of the
Vikings during the 9th century A.D. Due to Iceland’s geographic isolation
and strong literary culture, the language has managed to stay relatively
un-changed. Icelanders today can still take the old manuscripts written
during the Viking period and read them.
The spelling and pronunciation has changed throughout the years, but of all
the Scandinavian languages, Icelandic is still the closest to the Old
Norse. Even with the introduction of the roman alphabet, Icelanders still
retained some of the older Viking characters.
Still today, Icelanders strive to maintain their language to the degree
whereby they create new Icelandic words for all new concepts and technology
items. Icelanders tend to create the new words using older rarely used
Viking words or by combining other common words. As an example:
|Telephone||Icelanders use the word “Sími” which is an old
Viking word that means “thin tread”
|Computer||Here the Icelanders use the word “Tölva” which is
a combination of two words “Tölur” meaning numbers and “Völva”
|Lögregla||This means Police and comes from other two words, “Lög”
meaning Law and “Regla” meaning Order.
This method of creating new names has enabled Icelanders to keep the language
almost slang free.
The Icelandic alphabet consists of 34 letters, counting the acute characters
|Aa – Áá – Bb – Cc – Dd – Ðð – Ee -Éé – Ff – Gg – Hh –
Ii -Íí – Jj – Kk – Ll – Mm – Nn – Oo – Óó – Pp – Rr – Ss – Tt – Uu-
Úú – Vv – Xx – Yy – Ýý – Zz – Þþ – Ææ – Öö
for more information on the alphabet.
For more resources on the Icelandic language see here.