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February 12, 2015



This image comes from the book Nordens språk med rötter och fötter ("The languages of the Nordic Countries with roots and feet"), published by the Nordic Council and available in the 5 official Scandinavian languages. It's freely available online here: http://eplads.norden.org/nordenssprak/

This particular image is from this chapter: http://eplads.norden.org/nordenssprak/kap2/2a/06.asp?lang=sv


Am I right in thinking this is Norwegian: I live in Bergen, Swedish: I live in Gothenburg and Danish: I live in Arhus?


Yes, but it is phonetic spelling (just for those unaware). And it is Nynorsk...

Oh, and it is either Aarhus or Århus.


Since it's representing spoken Norwegian, it's neither Bokmål nor Nynorsk. They are written standards only.


True, it is a written standard so saying the character speaks nynorsk is not correct; but pronouncing bokmål "jeg" as "eg" would be uncommon. Most probably nynorsk "eg" is the base word for the character's sentence. Plus Bergen...


In Norway they're not always so blindly faithful to their written standards that they would perceive it as pronouncing "jeg" as "eg". I think it's more along the lines of "I pronounce it 'eg' in my dialect but I happen to write it as 'jeg' because I use Bokmål".

Bergen is actually a Bokmål stronghold on the West Coast, surrounded by municipalities using Nynorsk.

And while <eg> is definitely a Nynorsk form, <bor> is Bokmål. In nynorsk it's <bur> :)


Ég/ég exists however but in Icelandic. It's pronounced almost like Jeg and it means the same thing

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