Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Dec 28 01:29:14 CET 2009

Thorgeir Holm scripsit:

> As for the usefulness of the 'no' tag, I'm not so sure. If you have a 
> text mixing 'nn' parts with 'nb' parts, yes, but wouldn't the same 
> situation be at hand with a text mixing, say, 'en' parts with 'nb'? 
> (Both situations can be seen at Norwegian universities.)

In practice, Google (and perhaps others) treats "no" as synonymous with
"nb", as the overwhelming bulk of all "no"-tagged documents are in fact
in nb.

John Cowan    cowan at
        Sound change operates regularly to produce irregularities;
        analogy operates irregularly to produce regularities.
                --E.H. Sturtevant, ca. 1945, probably at Yale

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