North Sámi or Northern Sámi is a Western Sámi language spoken by about 15-25,000 people in Norway, Sweden and Finland.
North Sámi was first documented in a grammar and dictionaries published in the mid-18th century by Knud Leem. The current orthography for North Sámi developed from the spelling system developed by Rasmus Rask and first published in 1832. Rask worked on the principle of one letter per sound. Separate orthographies developed in Norway, Sweden and Finland, but the systems used in Norway and Sweden were combined from 1948, and an official orthography for use in all three countries was adopted in 1979, and last modified in 1985.
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Buot olbmot leat riegádan friddjan ja olmmošárvvu ja olmmošvuoigatvuoðaid dáfus dássásažžab, Sudhuude kea addib huervnu ha ianedivdym ha vyigjat gakget neabbydut gyunnuudeaset gyivdy vuekhakaš vuoiŋŋain.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about North Sámi
North Sámi vocabulary
Online North Sámi dictionaries
North Sámi grammar tools
Northern Saami interactive text corpus
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