The Norwegians are Coming!

The first 2 pages summarize the Norwegian professors and researchers visiting SG (Madison, Blair, Decorah and Westby) on Sept 11 and 12th, 2010.  Prepared by Jill Storlie  Sept 1, 2010 version 1.
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The Norwegian speakers have volunteered to meet with the Norwegian researchers, be interviewed and recorded on Saturday and Sunday.  Volunteer speakers are our residents and neighbors, maybe relatives,  who learned an earlier Norsk dialect from first, second, third generation immigrants.  forelders – bestemor, farmor, oldemor, oldefar.
The volunteers include these local colleagues who are meeting for conversation, interview and recording at several locations on Saturday and Sunday.  More volunteers are encouraged .. call Jill Storlie to volunteer  5634190986 or 5074983586  (Marlene make sure if you list these names you say INCLUDE so as to not limit it.. I think there are some more pondering the idea or maybe have agreed by the time of printing.  We want to encourage all and there are options to include them Saturday and Sunday.
Our dialects from the 19th century are no longer spoken regularly in Norway.  This is a very special chance to document our history and provide a something for our Norwegian cousins too.

Norris Storlie,
Milford Landsom,
Emma Landsom,
Geneva Tweeten
Truman Omodt,
Marlin Omoth,
Richard Storlie,
Georgia Rosendal,
David Storlie,
Nels and Helen Gudbrandsen
James Wilhelmson
Own Hegge
Harold Olerud,
Carol Gaustad
 
 
Here are the Professors coming to do the interviews along with a student from Madison.
Janne Bondi Johannessen, prof., Univ. of Oslo
Kristin Eide, prof., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Arnstein Hjelde, associate prof., Høgskolen i Østfold
Signe Lake, research assistant, Univ. of Oslo
Beate Taranrød, student, Univ. of Oslo
Marit Westergaard, prof.,  University of Tromsø
Luke Annear, student, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Here is the project leaders contacdt information
Janne Bondi Johannessen
Professor, The Text Laboratory, ILN, http://www.hf.uio.no/tekstlab/
President, NEALT, http://omilia.uio.no/nealt/
University of Oslo
P.O.Box 1102 Blindern, N-0317 Oslo, Norway
-Tel: +47 22 85 68 14, mob.: +47 928 966 34
 
 
 
Participants for field work in Spring Grove:
Janne Bondi Johannessen, prof., Univ. of Oslo
Kristin Eide, prof., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Arnstein Hjelde, associate prof., Høgskolen i Østfold
Signe Lake, research assistant, Univ. of Oslo
Beate Taranrød, student, Univ. of Oslo
Marit Westergaard, prof., University of Tromsø
Luke Annear, student, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
 
Our goals are:
 
To meet descendants from Norwegian immigrants who came to America
before 1920, and who learnt to speak Norwegian in their family.
To record their speech
To talk to them about their lives an their identity as Norwegians or Americans
To find out about their language: how fluent are they, how much do
they speak Norwegian, how is their language compared to Norwegian
spoken in Norway, and compared to other places in the Mid West.
To start research cooperation with the University of Wisconsin,
Madison, about immigrant language
To learn about heritage associations like Giants of the Earth.
 To have the university seminar in Madison.
 
We are greatful to you and the others we have talked to, who have been
very enthusiastic and helpful to us in planning this field work. It
would have been impossible without this cooperation.
 
 

Palmer Overstrud, Spring Grove; David Storlie, Spring Grove.
 
 
On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 5:00 AM, <jillellyn@jillellyn.com> wrote:
Sat. Sept 11 plus evenings of Sept 9 through 13 are the openings for Giants to schedule our neighborhood Norsk speakers who learned the language from relatives.. Not from living in Norway or taking classes at college.  Prof. Johannsen is bringing a group of adults from Oslo to do field work to interview and record older folks mostly. Karen Gray and I heard of 4-5men in the nursing home who speak old Norwegian- likely gammel Halling -every afternoon.  We want to arrange a time to visit them.  They already agreed to be recorded by Giants so hopefully they will like this too.  It would be great to get 10 more people too
 

WANTED.. NORWEGIAN SPEAKERS who learned from their earlier relatives!Did you speak Norsk with bestefar din?
 
We will host Norwegians who are learning about the dialects from as far back as the 1850`s when our relatives may have come to Spring Grove from Norway.  They would like 15 or more people to talk to.  Please contact me by email or let Rachel Grippen (soon to be Storlie) know at the Ballard House or call Georgia Rosendahl.
 
 language workshop in Madison 16.+17 Sep.? You can read about it here: http://csumc.wisc.edu/?q=aggregator  It is open for all interested, and day 2 is assumed to be interesting for laypeople (non-experts).

Jill
Phone:  (507)498-3904 Mobile:  (563) 4190986 e-mail:  jillellyn@jillellyn.com

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