Wiktionary:Norwegian Nynorsk spelling reforms

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

1901[edit]

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 was eventually incorporated into the official Nynorsk spelling as alternative forms; but by and large, it was Hægstadnormalen that prevailed.

1917[edit]

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

1938[edit]

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

1959[edit]

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

2012[edit]

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).

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