Professional Elfdalian Translation Service
Elfdalian is one of the linguistic varieties of the Scandinavian language branch that is spoken in the old parish of Övdaln. The area lies in Northern Dalarna, Sweden. We have many professional translation providers from this area working with Tomedes as Elfdalian translation experts. And they continue to provide high quality translation services to our customers in every project.
The professional Elfdalian translators working at Tomedes have compiled the following list of facts about the language which would help you develop a better understanding about the same.
- Elfdalian has been traditionally looked upon as a Swedish dialect. However many linguists of the present age treat it as a separate language. Like some Dalecarlian vernaculars, Elfdalian retains most of the old grammar, as well as phonological features that have remained the same since Old Norse. It is regarded as the most conservative and well preserved vernacular language within the Dalecarlian branch.
- Approximately 3,000 speakers all over the world speak Elfdalian and it is recognized as a minority language of Sweden.
- There is remarkable phonetic difference between the Swedish and Elfdalian languages. Even though Elfdalian language uses Swedish orthography, its usage is neither predictable nor uniform.
- Bengt Åkerberg was the first person who attempted to develop a unique Elfdalian orthography in 1999. Åkerberg's orthography was based on the Loka dialect. It was highly phonetic and involved a lot of diacritics. It went on to be used in some books and language courses.
- Elfdalian language uses the Dalecarlian alphabet comprising of 33 letters all of which were derived from the Latin alphabet. In addition to the letters occurring in the Swedish alphabet, the Elfdalian alphabet has ogonek attached to many letters which denotes nasal vowels like Ąą, Ęę, Įį, Ųų, Y̨y̨ and Ą̊ą̊. Apart from this, the letter Ðð contains voiced dental fricative.
- Unless the first and second person plural pronouns are not in front of the finite verb, they cannot be kept covert. In spite of the variation in generations, verb raising occurs. More intriguing than these are the multiple subjects that tend to occur in clauses which have the adverbial “sakta”, meaning “actually” or the verb “lar”, meaning “is possible”.
- Elfdalian has inherited a complex morphological structure from its Old Norse ancestor. Therefore, personal conjugations on verbs, three genders and case distinctions are obvious features. In other Scandinavian languages, nouns have definite and indefinite forms. The root syllable’s length plays an important role in the declensional and conjugational system of the Elfdalian language.
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