Thought I would share with you a quick photo of some books on the dialects of Shetland and Orkney that have just come into stock.
I suppose that with my interest in Old Norse, it was inevitable that I would want these in stock. One of my abiding memories from first year Old Norse classes with Hermann Palsson in Edinburgh was the two Shetland Islanders in the class who recognised numerous words. I ended up feeling like they had an unfair advantage! And of course, here on Skye we are surrounded by Norse place-names, though to the disappointment of the archaeologists, only a couple of definite houses have been identified so far.
I’d love to find the other volume of Jakob Jakobsen’s Etymological Dictionary of the Norn Language in Shetland (1985 Shetland Folk Society ISBN 0948276002 is the volume we have, and an initial look at the web isn’t throwing up other copies).
Margaret Flaw and Gregor Lamb’s The Orkney Dictionary (2001 Orkney Language and Culture Group ISBN 0952932415) is also fascinating. How else would I have found out that the Orcadian word for a Manx Shearwater is a lyre.… or that there is a word for the ooze from a midden (iper in case you were wondering)?