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Spoken Nynorsk & Bokmaal [Was: German reputation]

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Saturday, December 18, 2004, 16:19
Joe wrote:
> 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 written standards). s. -- What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he Stephen Mulraney were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent? -- Richard P. Feynman


Joe <joe@...>