Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian

Leif Halvard Silli xn--mlform-iua at
Fri Jan 1 18:25:18 CET 2010

Leif Halvard Silli, Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:12:16 +0100:
> Thorgeir Holm thorgeirholm at wrote:
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>> <hermer Doug Ewell frå 26.12.2009 17:03>
>>> I would just like to confirm that 'nn' is the only desired Prefix for 
>>> this subtag.
>> I'm not quite sure about that one. Maybe someone would claim that 
>> 'hognorsk' is so unlike ordinary 'nn' that it would be better to use it 
>> with the macrolanguage subtag 'no' (although 'hognorsk' must no doubt 
>> belong to 'nn' and not 'nb' if these two split all variation of 'no' 
>> between themselves).
> Thorgeir informed my about this request today.
> As another Høgnorsk adherer, I would like to ask that _both_ 'nn' and 
> 'no' are registered as desired prefixes. I cannot understand how 
> anything else is possible. Both 'nn' and 'no' are equally good for 
> Norwegian Nynorsk. Thus, considering that 'hognorsk' represents a 
> subclass of Nynorsk, both 'nn' and 'no' should be permitted as its 
> prefix. 
> 'nn' is more precise, but so is 'nb' - for Norwegian Bokmål. If we 
> limit 'hognorsk' to 'nn', then we support the tendency to align 'no' as 
> a synonym of 'nb' and vice versa. Such an idea is opposed to the 
> aspiration of Nynorsk to be the Norwegian language. And this aspiration 
> is not less strong in the Høgnorsk variant of Nynorsk than in the 
> official variant of Nynorsk, on the contrary. Høgnorsk is just as much 
> a subclass of Norwegian as of Nynorsk. This goes back to my viewpoints 
> about Macrolanguages in general in the LTRU mailing list.
> Hence, both as a Høgnorsk adherer and in general, I find it difficult 
> to support this registration unless both 'no' and 'nn' are recorded as 
> desired prefixes.

Further more: When 'hogorsk' becomes a tag, then it would not surprise 
me if the conservative Bokmål adherants - the socalled Riksmål group - 
would be interested in registering - let's say 'riksmal' as a variant 
tag. And I have little doubt in my mind that they would like to see 
both 'no' and 'nb' as desired prefixes.
Leif Halvard Silli

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