Norwegian Is The Only Modern Germanic

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Norwegian is the only modern Germanic language of which two officially recognized literary varieties exist. These are Bokmвl ('book language'; BM) and Nynorsk ('New Norwegian'; NN). The reasons for the existence of the two varieties are to be found in the political and cultural history of the country.

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Norwegian Is The Only Modern GermanicNorwegian is the only modern Germanic language of which two officially recognized literary varieties exist. These are Bokml ('book language'; BM) and Nynorsk ('New Norwegian'; NN). The reasons for the existence of the two varieties are to be found in the political and cultural history of the country. In 1380 Norway entered a political union with Denmark which was to las tuntil 1814, when the country became affiliated with Sweden through a union with the Swedish king as head of state. This union was dissolved in 1905.The differences between the two languages mainly concerned the phonological system and the morphological (allomorphic) manifestation of inflectional categories, i.e. areas where many languages tolerate considerable discrepancies between their written and spoken forms.The political and cultural renaissance after 1814 engendered a wish for a more genuinely Norwegian standard language. An evolutionary approach was advocated by Knud Knudsen (1812-95) who sought to transform the Danish standard by integrating into it specifically Norwegian elements from the colloquial speech of the educated classes in urban areas. On the other

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