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Nynorn: Die Rekonstruktion des Norn

Natalie Korobzow
Published Online: 2016-11-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dialect-2016-0007


The following article strives to present a project that was launched by language enthusiasts in an attempt to revive Norn, a Scandinavian language that used to be spoken on the Northern Isles but died out about 200 years ago. On that account, the reasons and mechanics of language endangerment and language death are examined in this paper as well as different approaches to language revival or revitalization. The importance of language as a means of preserving one’s identity is only one of the reasons why these kinds of projects deserve more attention than they have gotten so far. Although Norn is classified as a Trümmersprache, which means that not a lot is known about it, a lot of works have been published about it. As a topic, it is far from being exhausted. The Nynorn project, however, is a relatively new attempt that hasn’t been covered by scientific research yet. The aim of this paper is to provide insight into the work of the Nynorn community that tries to reconstruct a version of Norn that people will be able to speak one day.


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Published Online: 2016-11-17

Published in Print: 2016-11-01

Citation Information: Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 126–144, ISSN (Online) 1867-0903, ISSN (Print) 0942-4040, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dialect-2016-0007.

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