The Phonology of Norwegian (The Phonology of the World's Languages)

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A the end of the fourteenth century, Norway, having previously been an independent kingdom, became by conquest a province of Denmark and remained so for three centuries. In1814, as part of the fall-out from the Napoleonic wars, the country became a largely independent nation within the monarchy of Sweden. By this time, however, Danish had become the language of government, commerce, and education, as well as of the middle and upper classes. Nationalistic Norwegians sought to reestablish native identity by creating and promulgating a new language based partly on rural dialects and partly on Old Norse. The upper and middle classes sought to retain a form of Norwegian close to Danish that would be intelligible to themselves and to their neighbours in Sweden and Denmark. The controversy has gone on ever since. One result is that the standard dictionaries of Norwegian ignore pronunciation, for no version can be counted as 'received'. Another is that there has been considerable variety and change in Norwegian over the last 180 years, all of which is well documented. In this pioneering account of Norwegian phonology, Gjert Kristoffersen mines the evidence to present an original analysis of the ways in which the sounds and meanings of competing languages change and evolve.

The book is written within the framework of generative phonology, making use of insights derived from Optimality Theory. Its main, and successful, purpose is to present the phonological system of Norwegian clearly and concisely.

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Gjert Kristoffersen graduated from the University of Bergen in 1978. He has worked as Assistant Professor of General Linguistics and of Nordic Languages at the University of Tromsø (1979-84); Editor at the Norwegian University Press (Universitetsforlaget) in Tromsø and Oslo (1984-88); and Associate Professor of Nordic Languages at the University of Tromsø (1988-91). From 1991 he has held the post of Professor of Nordic Languages at the University of Bergen. He is the author of numerous articles on sociolinguistics and phonology in Scandinavian journals and anthologies.

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`Review from previous edition the book presents the most complete treatment of Norwegian phonology ... and is in itself a thing a univerity teacher of Norwegioan has only dreamt of ... splendid'
Linguist List 12.826

`Kristoffersen's book ... uses its almost four hundred pages to the full.'
Linguist List 12.826

`a fascinating account of a language with two written forms and no standard spoken form'
Ann Sundqvist, M2 Best Books

`The book is an ideal reference source in lexical phonology for students in advanced phonology courses and professional linguists.'
THES

`The phonology of Norwegian is a book that no future student of Norwegian phonology can afford to ignore.'
Journal of Linguistics

`Another aspect of the book that will make it useful as a reference book is the copious bibliography and the many good summaries of earlier work on Norwegian phonology. Since much of this work is published in Norwegian, Kristoffersen makes a substantial body of research available for the
international linguistic community.'
Journal of Linguistics

`The most important aspect of a book of the type under review is [therefore, in my opinion], to what extent it will prove successful as a reference book for future students of Norwegian phonology. In this respect, I find the book very promising.'
Journal of Linguistics

`The book presents the most complete treatment of Norwegian phonology ... and is in itself a thing a univerity teacher of Norwegioan has only dreamt of ... splendid.'
Linguist List 12.826

`The book is an ideal reference source in lexical phonology for students in advanced phonology courses and professional linguists.'
Times Higher Education Supplement

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