Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian

Thorgeir Holm thorgeirholm at
Sat Dec 26 12:33:20 CET 2009

Considering the useful input from this list, I would like to restate 
this variant subtag proposal with a fuller form of the variant subtag name.




    1. Name of requester: Thorgeir Holm
    2. E-mail address of requester: thorgeirholm (at)
    3. Record Requested:

    Type:        variant
    Subtag:      hognorsk
    Description: Norwegian in Høgnorsk (High Norwegian) orthography
    Prefix:      nn
    Comments:    Norwegian following Ivar Aasen's orthographical
principles, including modern usage.

    4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

    Høgnorsk (High Norwegian) orthography of Norwegian follows the
principles of Ivar Aasen's "Landsmaal" as put forth in his grammar
(1864) and dictionary (1873). Also known as "Aasen-mål" or "tradisjonell
nynorsk". The subtag is not primarily intended for historical texts, but
for modern use of this non-official orthography, in contrast to official
Norwegian Nynorsk (nn).

    5. Reference to published description of the language (book or

    -- Aasen, Ivar: Norsk Grammatik (1864)
    -- Aasen, Ivar: Norsk Ordbog (1873)
       (wiki about (and in) the Høgnorsk language)

    6. Any other relevant information:

    Norwegian in Høgnorsk or Aasen-like orthography was official until
the Norwegian language reform of 1938. Its use has continued
non-officially, and today quite a few young people prefer this variety.
Recently, software applications are being localized according to this
orthography, and this use makes a separate variant subtag desireable.

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