Knud Knudsen and the question of purism

Title: Knud Knudsen and the question of purism
Source document: Brünner Beiträge zur Germanistik und Nordistik. 2016, vol. 30, iss. 1, pp. 121-129
  • ISSN
    1803-7380 (print)
    2336-4408 (online)
Type: Article
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Language purism is often associated with opposition towards foreign linguistic elements, most typically foreign vocabulary. Most definitions therefore include the dichotomy of foreign versus domestic and/or national and/or un-national. This article takes a look at the Norwegian language reformer Knud Knudsen (1812–1895) and his arguments for excluding most (but not all) foreign words. This leads to a specification of the term foreign, and a description of various arguments for categorizing certain elements as unwanted.
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