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Wiktionary:Norwegian Nynorsk spelling reforms

This page is intended to provide an overview of the spelling reforms of Norwegian Nynorsk.

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1901Edit

The first official spelling for Nynorsk. At this point, Nynorsk is still called Landsmål (Landsmaal in contemporary spelling). There were two competing standards of Landsmål, but only one of them was made the official one: Hægstadnormalen. The other standard, Midlandsnormalen, could still be used by students. Some features of Midlandsnormalen were eventually incorporated into the official Nynorsk spelling as alternative forms; but by and large, it was Hægstadnormalen that prevailed.

1917Edit

This reform introduced a lot of alternative forms, moving Nynorsk closer to Bokmål.

1938Edit

This reform continued the trend from 1917 and moved Nynorsk yet closer to Bokmål.

1959Edit

This reform did among other things reduce the status of certain official word forms, making them "second-tier".

2012Edit

This reform was the first that abandoned the idea of a merger with Bokmål. It moved Nynorsk closer to Bokmål in some areas (such as by removing the traditional -i ending for two of the feminine noun classes) and further away in some areas (such as by removing the monophthong forms with -ø- in many words, letting only the diphthong forms with -øy- remain).

A PDF document (in Norwegian) from the The Language Council of Norway detailing the changes that were made is available.

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