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Can Parallelingualism save Norwegian from extinction?

Linn, Andrew R (2010) Can Parallelingualism save Norwegian from extinction? Multilingua, 29 (3/4). pp. 289-305. ISSN 0167-8507


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Language extinction is one of the most pressing issues in linguistics today,and the literature is full of discussion about how to combat it. Statements that Norwegian is amongst the languages that are already extinct are merely examples of a widespread tendency in the literature towards erroneous information about Norwegian. Nonetheless, there is clear evidence that Norwegian is undergoing a process of ‘domain loss’, and policies to address this form of language shift lie at the heart of the most recent developments in the history of language planning in Norway. A policy of parallelingualism is widely advocated, but without proper sanctions in higher education and in the business world for infringements of the parallelingual strategy, it is unlikely to have much effect.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 De Gruyter. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Multilingua. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Norwegian; domain loss; parallelingualism, reversing language shift; language extinction; language policy; language planning
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Language and Linguistics (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Professor A R Linn
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 10:33
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 17:53
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/mult.2010.014
Status: Published
Publisher: De Gruyter
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1515/mult.2010.014
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43553

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