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Re: [OT] Norsk nb/nn (was: Wishlist for woody+1)

On Wed, Jul 03, 2002 at 02:54:20PM +0200, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> * Peter Makholm 
> | Drew Parsons <dparsons@emerall.com> writes:
> | 
> | > Why "nb" or "nn"?  What is "Norway" and "Norwegian" in Norwegian?
> | 
> | There is not a single language called Norwegian. There is two official
> | norwegian languages: bokmål (book-language) and nynorsk (new-norwegian).
> No, there two forms of the language called Norwegian.  One is called
> bokmål, the other nynorsk.  They are not different languages.  (But

as a sci.lang regular, I can assure you that trying to tell what
are and what are not different languages can be a beginning of a long,
bloody flamewar :-) (of course, in an appropriate audience)

On Wed, Jul 03, 2002 at 11:03:04PM +1000, Drew Parsons wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 03, 2002 at 02:33:54PM +0200, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > Norsk bokmål and norsk nynorsk are the two forms of the language used
> > in .no.
> > 
> > Norway is Norge
> > Norwegian is norsk.
> > 
> Thanks Tollef, Peter, Dagfinn.
> The difference between them, is that like the difference between written
> literary English and colloquial spoken English, or more like the difference
> between traditional Chinese and simplified mainland Chinese (both written) ?

Not speaking a word of Norwegian, I can confidently <g> say that the
difference between bokmål and nynorsk is comparable to
the difference between Slovak and Czech. Bigger than the difference
between Croatian and Serbian.

see, when bokmål was <duck, run> indistinguishable from written Danish, they 
_had to_ create a different written form of the language :-)

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