Linguistic revitalisation in the Faroes: From vernacular towards national status

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In the eyes of those who are struggling for ethnic revival, linguistic revitalisation and language maintenance, Faroese may be said to be a success story. With no written language until about a century and a half ago, today Faroese can be considered a full-fledged national language. Thus, the focus of this paper is on how the Faroese language overcame the threatened situation of being an oral language only, and was revitalised, cultivated and is in the process of ongoing development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTranscending Monolingualism
Subtitle of host publicationLinguistic Revitalisation in Education
EditorsLeena Huss, Antoinette Camilleri Grima, Kendall King
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherSwets & Zeitlinger Publishers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)90 265 1932 X
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Publication series

NameMultilingualism and Linguistic Diversity
ISSN (Print)1568-1645


  • Faroese language
  • revitalisation
  • language maintenance
  • ongoing development


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