[dan] Widespread; Faroe Islands. Also in Canada, Germany, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United States. 5,450,000 in Denmark (2007). Population total all countries: 5,592,490. Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Alternate Names: Dansk, Rigsdansk Dialects: Bornholmsk (Eastern Danish), Sønderjysk (Southern Jutlandic). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, North, East Scandinavian, Danish-Swedish, Danish-Riksmal, Danish Comments: Many slowly disappearing dialects. Formerly 3 dialect groups: Jutlandic (or Jutish, Western Danish), Island Danish, and Eastern Danish.
Danish Sign Language
[dsl] Also in Greenland. 5,000 in Denmark (2007). Status: 5 (Developing). Dialects: Some signs are related to French Sign Language [fsl]. Intelligible with Swedish [swl] and Norwegian [nsl] sign languages with only moderate difficulty. Not intelligible with Finnish Sign Language [fse]. Classification: Deaf sign language Comments: The first school began in 1807.
[fao] Faroe Islands. Also in United States. 66,000 in Denmark (2007). Population total all countries: 66,150. Status: 2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in Faroe Islands. Alternate Names: Føroyskt Dialects: Not inherently intelligible with Icelandic [isl]. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, North, West Scandinavian Comments: Faroe Islands are self-governing in most matters. Spoken on Faroe Islands by about 45,000 and in Denmark by about 21,000.
[deu] North Slesvig (Sydjylland), Sønderjylland. 25,900 in Denmark (2007). Status: 2 (Provincial). Statutory language of provincial identity in Syddanmark region (1955, Danish-German Agreement). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, High German, German, Middle German, East Middle German Comments: There are German schools.
[jut] German-Danish border area, south Jutland. Also in Germany. Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Jutlandish, Jysk, Western Danish Dialects: The westernmost and southernmost dialects differ so much from standard Danish [dan] that many people from the Eastern Islands have great difficulty understanding it. From the viewpoint of inherent intelligibility, it could be considered a separate language (1996 N. Strade). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, North, East Scandinavian, Danish-Swedish, Danish-Riksmal, Danish
[swe] Bornholm Island. Status: 5 (Dispersed). Dialects: Scanian (Eastern Danish, Skåne, Skånska, Southern Swedish). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, North, East Scandinavian, Danish-Swedish, Swedish Comments: When Sweden obtained Scania from Denmark in 1658 this dialect began to lose its status as a separate language status. It is called Southern Swedish in Sweden, and Eastern Danish in Denmark.
[rmd] No remaining speakers. Status: 10 (Extinct). Alternate Names: Rodi, Rotwelsch Dialects: An independent language based on Danish [dan] with heavy lexical borrowing from Romani. Not inherently intelligible of Angloromani [rme]. May be intelligible of Traveller Norwegian [rmg] and Traveller Swedish [rmu]. Classification: Mixed language, Danish-Romani Comments: Romani people transported to Denmark by James IV of Scotland in July 1505.