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Norwegian-English Dictionary
A Pronouncing and Translating Dictionary of
Modern Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)
with a Historical and Grammatical Introduction
Editor-in-Chief Einar Haugen

"Unsurpassed in its usefulness for both scholars and students."
—Louis Janus, president, Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of North America

For more than forty years, the Haugen Norwegian­English Dictionary has been regarded as the foremost resource for both learners and professionals using English and Norwegian. With more than 60,000 entries, it is esteemed for its breadth, its copious grammatical detail, and its rich idiomatic examples. In his introduction, Einar Haugen, a revered scholar and teacher of Norwegian to English speakers, provides a concise overview of the history of the language, presents the pronunciation of contemporary Norwegian, and introduces basic grammatical structures, including the inflection of nouns and adjectives and the declension of verbs.

This bestseller with more than 45,000 copies sold, is now available with an updated cover design.

Features include:

  • more than 60,000 Norwegian words and their English equivalents
  • more grammatical information than any other Norwegian­English dictionary
  • both Bokmål and Nynorsk included
  • phonemic transcriptions
  • extensive coverage and explanation of Norwegian idioms and word usage, including examples from standard and archaic speech, dialects, proverbs, literature, and professional texts
  • abbreviations, place names, proper names, and cultural notes
  • extensive coverage of verb phrases

Einar Haugen (1906–1994) was the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Scandinavian and Linguistics at Harvard University and professor of Scandinavian studies and linguistics at the University of Wisconsin.

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August 2007
LC: 75-004876 PD
504 pp.   6 x 9

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