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How Sweden's ancient language Elfdalian is being saved by Minecraft

The church of Älvdalen is being built in the Minecraft universe – pictured above is its tower.

Published: 11.Oct.2017 11:49 hrs

A group of international language enthusiasts has come up with a way to save one of Sweden's most ancient and endangered languages – by recreating the village where it is spoken in Minecraft.

Elfdalian is an ancient language with its roots in the forests of Älvdalen in Dalarna, and until a few years ago, it was on the brink of dying out.

The rare Viking language is currently experiencing a revival, which has helped it gain international speakers, and now it is being introduced to the world of Minecraft to help ensure its survival.

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