Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian
Leif Halvard Silli
xn--mlform-iua at xn--mlform-iua.no
Wed Jan 6 16:36:41 CET 2010
John Cowan, Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:44:51 -0500:
> CE Whitehead scripsit:
>> I personally would be fine with a comment that 'hognorsk' is closer
>> to [nn] than to bokmal. and with info. about what dialects are most
>> prevalent in 'hognorsk', in [nn], versus in 'bokmal'--in the comments
>> on the 'hognorsk' variant--if that does not violate any tradition
>> (obviously hognorsk is closer to [nn] since we chose the [nn] prefix).
> We don't normally use such comments; in any case, 'hognorsk' is close
> to every Norwegian dialect in its non-Danicized form.
I'm sure that we would resist repeating cliches about dialect links in
the registry - whether about Nynorsk or about the Høgnorsk variant.
Nynorsk _usage_ has its strongholds in certain (generally speaking
rural) areas of Norway and within certain (generally speaking national
- and often located in the cities/centers) structures/institutions of
the Norwegian society. Many of the intellectual resources of Nynorsk
are also headquartered in Oslo. The New Norwegian language was captured
in a form that was meant to serve as a common denominator for all
Norwegian dialects - and the "Nynorsk projeect" was from the start
founded by the parliament. The Høgnorsk proponents are found within
these same walks of Nynorsk life.
Due to several issues, Bokmål is often /associated/ with Oslo and
Eastern Norway. While Nynorsk is often /associated/ with Western
Norway. These perceptions aren't correct, even if they capture a
certain [over-valued] tendency w.r.t the which municipalities and
counties that have Nynorsk as its official Norwegian language.
Linguistically it is even more problematic. But these perceptions pose
a real [internal and external] problem for anyone who tries to present
Nynorsk/Høgnorsk as the New Norwegian language. Høgnorsk Nynorsk
insists - stronger than the Official Nynorsk does - on the need of
recognizing traditional Nynorsk as an all-dialects-encompassing
Norwegian language - and therefore resists that is being made less
all-encompassing by seeking closeness to Bokmål.
leif halvard silli
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