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USGS Scientist Invited to Lecture on the Icelandic Language at Lawrence Middle School in Falmouth, MA

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Richie Williams (Woods Hole, MA) gave an invited lecture to five 7th-grade English classes at Lawrence Middle School in Falmouth, MA, on May 7, 2003. The topic of his lecture was "Icelandic (Old Norse): One of the Parent Languages of English."

Richie has given similar lectures at elementary and high schools many times in the past; this was his first lecture at a middle school. It was such a hit that the teacher has already signed him up for next year.

Geologic studies conducted in Iceland since 1966 have given Richie a long exposure to Icelandic. In fact, he has found that his work requires a well-grounded knowledge of the language. While working for the USGS in Washington, DC, Richie studied Icelandic weekly with a member of the staff of the Embassy of Iceland and also took a two-semester course at George Washington University.

Currently, Richie is working on three books about Iceland's glaciers with his Icelandic colleague, Oddur Sigurdsson. The first book—an illustrated, annotated English translation of a glaciologic treatise written in 1795 by an Icelandic naturalist, Sveinn Palsson—will be published in late summer by the nonprofit Icelandic Literary Society.


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