Språkrådet-the Norwegian Language Council Posted by kari on Apr 5, 2011 in Culture, Language
Since late in the 19th century, Norwegian language politics have been present, but it wasn´t until 2005 that the official Norwegian Språkråd as it exists today was established. The goal of the Council is that Norwegian will be present in all sectors of society and will continue to do so forever. Furthermore, English will not take over or be equal in use as norsk. The latter goal is perhaps the more sensitive, as Norwegian youth and business people use more and more English every day in school and the workplace. American and English music, television, and literature have increased substantially in use over the past decade.
Among other things, Språkrådet works to:
-inform of proper Norwegian on their website and in publications
-answer over 10,000 language related questions they received via e-mail and phone calls
-monitor government agencies to ensure they follow the requirements of the distribution of both bokmål and nynorsk
–ensure that place names are written correctly on maps and road signs
-award businesses that manage to create good and creative Norwegian names
-approve dictionaries for use in schools
-provide a service that offers advice to state organization employees in writing clear and proper Norwegian and understanding the importance of both bokmål and nynorsk
–ensures that Norwegian information technology are in Norwegian text and sound
-arrange a conference every year called Språkdagen, an event which aims to generate debate about current Norwegian language issues
In general, Språkrådet is tasked with promoting Norwegian culture and history, for which language has great importance. Once a language is lost or stops developing forward, part of the culture is lost. Norwegian is a fully functional and adequate language and therefore, Språkrådet believes it should continue to be used in schools, the workplace, and social life, despite the continued and increased use of English.
I, for one, think it would be very sad if the Norwegian language(s) died out over time. I think it is a very simple, efficient, and beautiful language that along with all other languages currently in use and since stalled, should be preserved for eternity. Language is a special thing and it takes hundreds, if not thousands of years for a language to develop and the thought of all of this creativity, history, and culture to be lost is terrible. Keep learning Norwegian and use it when you have the opportunity!
For more information, consult Språkrådet´s website.
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