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Hvað þýðir orðið „femin“ og hvaðan kemur það?

Kvenkynsorðið femina er latína og þýðir kona, samanber femme í frönsku. Í spænsku er kona hins vegar mujer eða señora. Ítölsku orðin eru donna eða signora en orðið femmina er haft til dæmis um kvendýr. Lýsingarorð eins og feminine (kvenlegur) í ensku og feminin í dönsku eru dregin af latneska orðinu og sömulei...

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How many words are there in Icelandic for the devil?

It is difficult to say how many words there are for devil in Icelandic. Most of the known examples owe their existence to the fact that it was not considered proper to name the devil, so he was referred to by nicknames or by mutation of his name. In the Icelandic thesaurus the following words are listed under fjan...

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Why do male last names in Icelandic end with -son instead of -sonur?

In Old Icelandic, when the word sonr formed the second part of a compound, i.e. Magnús-son, Sigurðs-son, the final -r (-ur) was dropped in nominative singular, and the same morphology is used in Modern Icelandic. E.g.: Nom. Magnús Sigurðsson (son(u)r) Acc. Magnús Sigurðsson (son) Dat. Magnúsi Si...

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What is the origin of the Icelandic language?

Icelandic belongs to the branch of the original indo-European known as Germanic. The Germanic languages divided early into three sub families: East Germanic is considered to comprise only one language, Gothic, which was spoken by the ancient race of Goths, and is now extinct. Sources about this can be found...

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Are portmanteau words frequent in Icelandic?

Portmanteau words are quite rare in Icelandic, and that kind of word formation is not a part of the regular way of making new words for the Icelandic vocabulary. I have asked quite many people, e.g. the lexicographers at the lexicographical department of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and some ...

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How many words are there in Icelandic?

It is impossible to say exactly how many words there are in Icelandic. Words are made every day, some of which may only be used once. These are usually compound words that are made because some event or object has to be instantly described, and there are no suitable existing words to choose from. Such words, whic...

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How did the Icelandic language start?

When Iceland was first settled in the 9th century, most of the settlers came from Norway, some of whom took slaves from Ireland en route. During the first centuries, the same language was spoken in Norway and Iceland, so there was little difference and the vocabulary was mostly Norse, with the exception of a f...

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Hver var Alfred Kinsey og hvert var hans framlag til fræðanna?

Alfred C. Kinsey (1894-1956) var líffræðingur sem er þekktastur fyrir áhrif rannsókna sinna á þróun kynfræða og á viðhorf almennings til kynlífs og kynhegðunar. Hann útskrifaðist með BS-próf frá Bowdoin College í Maine í Bandaríkjunum og tók síðan doktorspróf í líffræði frá Harvard-háskóla árið 1920. Hann var alla...

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