Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 09:42:54 +1000 From: Baden Hughes Subject: Pan-Scandinavian dialects I'm currently doing some research on Pan-Scandinavian (hereafter P-Sc) languages, and their historical development since Ivar Aasen started standardising Norwegian in the mid 19th century. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has expertise in this area. My main questions are : 1. How have individual dialects contributed to the now standardised languages of Scandinavia ? 2. Can the current P-Sc languages be considered *dialects* of a wider P-Sc grouping ? 3. If the answer to 2 is affirmative, then can one be justified in conducting a dialect-oriented comparative survey of the P-Sc languages ? Any ideas on methodology ? I'd be very grateful of anyone's thoughts on these questions. Any replies please direct to me personally : Baden Hughes (B.Hughes[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Thanks Baden B.HUGHES[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]