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Icelandic spelling, declension and etymology dictionaries now free online

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  • The Icelandic language One of the manuscripts preserved by Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies is this 13th century codex of Jónsbók. Photo/Árnastofnun

In an effort to protect the Icelandic language in a time of smart phones and computers The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland has opened a website which offers free access to the institutes large catalogue of dictionaries, including etymology- and spelling dictionaries and the institute's declension database for the Icelandic language. Hhighschool teachers are especially urged to introduce the site to their students. 

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The site, malid.is, which is smart phone friendly, provides free access to a number of Icelandic dictionaries as well as a wide range of information about the Icelandic language. According to an announcement from the Árni Magnússon Instistue the website will be expanded to include even more databases relating to the Icelandic language, making it a one-stop destination for all questions relating to Icelandic spelling, grammar and word use.

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While the interface of the site is only in Icelandic, it can also serve as a valuable resource for foreign speakers who are trying to master Icelandic.

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