Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Wed Mar 2 00:58:11 CET 2016

Den 2016-03-01 17:50, skrev "Peter Constable" <petercon at>:

> I¹m guessing that there are analogies for Elfdalian: that you can¹t dispute
> that Swedish has a dominant, sociolinguistic impact even in regions where
> Elfdalian is spoken in terms of its role in education, inter-regional commerce
> and national media; yet that Elfdalian is linguistically distinct enough and
> has its own sociolinguistic status within the community, the combination
> giving enough viability that it will not be absorbed by Swedish in all
> communication roles, and should not be deemed that way.

Yes. All those who speak Älvdalian also speak Swedish (in the /modern/
Dalecarlian dialect, which is a "lightweight" dialect of "standard"
Swedish). It is now mostly elderly people who speak Älvdalian, but there is
a revival/preservation effort (which is what Ulum Dalska* does).

/Kent K

* Shouldn't that be "Ulum övdalsk" (possibly with an inflection on the
language name)?

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