Knud Knudsen and Ivar Aasen’s rivalry occurred in the the middle of the 19th century. At that time the theories and focus when planning language was on the pure linguistic aspect. That meant that the social aspect was not taking into account at that time. The practice of including the social factors in linguistics, which is called sociolinguistics, was only used later when the Nynorsk and Bokmål had been introduced and had been mandatory to be taught in schools for some time.
We will use the theories of language planning, to compare with what the Norwegian government did when they introduced and legislated about Nynorsk and Bokmål. This will help shed a light to, why Norway has ended up with two written languages, and why the use of Nynorsk has drastic declined. When looking at Nynorsk, Bokmål and the language conflict all together, we will of course take to account that language planning, is a modern linguistic tool and that they at the ti...
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...ogical modernisation, stylistic development and internationalisation suggested by Kaplan and Baldauf. We will not use those in in the Norwegian case, instead we are interested in another of elaboration that also is very important. The aspect of getting the public to produce literature, use it in the media and basically in all parts of everyday life. This is really important in maintaining and evolving the written language, in order to ensure that it fits, the new requirements and changes that happens as the society and technology develops: “... literacy in a language is difficult or impossible to maintain if there is nothing to read beyond the literacy materials” (Language Planning - from practice to theory, page 43, line 6 from the bottom) The task of encouraging and making sure that the public have access to a lot of different materials, is the government’s job.
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