Spoken Nynorsk & Bokmaal [Was: German reputation]
|From:||Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 18, 2004, 16:19|
> Stephen Mulraney wrote:
>> Joe wrote:
>>> John Cowan wrote:
>>>> IIRC Norwegian does not have a standard dialect either.
>>> No, it has two.
>> Bokmaal & Nynorsk are written standards, not spoken varieties.
>> IIRC, there are no standard dialects (that is, spoken varieties).
> My stepsiblings speak Bokmål, rather than the local dialect. This is
> apparently becoming more and more the case in Norway - Bokmål and
> Nynorsk are taking over territory previously occupied by the dialect.
That's interesting - I hadn't heard of such a thing before. I guess it's
expected that people end up thinking of Bokmål as "the standard language"
(since the pattern of metropolitan standard vs. multiple rural dialects
is so common), but it seems a bit harder to imagine people speaking Nynorsk!
Still, how are these spoken forms of the written standards pronounced? I
suppose according to dialect patterns (?) - unless there previously existed
an expected pronunication of Bokmål & Nynorsk (but to me that would seem to
be contrary the the fact that [at one stage] they were both considered only
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