Global Policy Forum

Faroese Skjaldur: An Endangered Oral Tradition of the North Atlantic

The Faroese language, native to the Faroe Islands, is under threat from dominant Danish and Norwegian cultures. The World Oral Literature Project which strives to document endangered oral languages before they become extinct, argues that the unique character of Faroese is crucial to the preservation of Faroe culture. The conservation of language is vital to foster a sense of national identity, appealing to specific national traditions which stand to be lost should Faroese fall into disuse. Overall, it stands as an example of the intense relationship between language and national identity.

By Stephen Pax Leonard



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