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Norwegian Essay

797 words - 3 pages

Towards One World-Language?
We live in a world were our language is constantly changing, and in the recent past our language has been affected because of a globalized world and technological development. The influence of English has become a global phenomenon. The question ''Will the Norwegian language survive or not?'' is something that is discussed alot today. Maybe it's time to protect Norwegian from English, and to preserve wealth of the Norwegian language, litterature and even the traditions. In this essay I am goign to write about how this globalization influences the Norwegian language.
English has a strong position as an international language in many areas of society, as in bussniess, in techology, and especially in the media. The fact that English and perhaps especially American culture dominates in several areas in Norway, is something I think most of us are aware of.
In my opinion one of the important factors is slang. Slang are words ad phrases that deviate from normal language, so every slang words is chosen as an alternative to a more neutral and normal variation of words with the same meaning. Many current Norwegian slang comes to us via media such as film, television and the internet, and it is almost impossible not to be affected by this. Because of this there is now a phenomenon that has been named anglonorwegian. Anglonorwegian is Norwegian with clear influence from the English language. Norwegian takes many loanwords from English. Sometimes we use the English words as they are, jeans and corner are two examples, other times we norwegianize English words, for example kult, beib, stilig etc.
The techological develpoment has led to more and more Norwegians communicating digitally. Therefore besides slang, there is texting and computer language. Norwegians chat with people from all over the word, play games with them, send textmessages and write blogs. People often communicate in writing and because of that they feel the need to write as short as possible. Particularly directchatting and sms has led to people shortening words.
Writing messages or chatting can often have limits, for example 160 signs in one message. Words and phrases like what's up, talk to you later, how about you and love you can be shortened by sup, ttyl, hby and ly. They are all English phrases that norwegians use, becuase they are well known from media and...

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