Odder – University of Copenhagen


It was the dialectologists Bent Jul Nielsen and Magda Nyberg who carried out the first investigation into the spoken language of Odder kommune. In LANCHART we refer to the original survey as ‘Odder old’, and to the replication and supplementation of this as ‘Odder new’. There is a presentation below of the two projects. At the end you will find a status showing how far we have come at the present time. Finally, there is an account of the language attitude analyses carried out at schools in Odder.

Odder old

Bent Jul Nielsen and Magda Nielsen collected data for the original survey of the spoken language in Odder in 1986-1989. The Center would like here to express its great gratitude to Bent Jul Nielsen and Magda Nyberg for generously placing all their material from the earlier survey at our disposition. The major aim of the survey was:

•  to give a full and balanced picture of who says what, how often and where, with special stress on the relationship between the Jutland dialect and the modern standard language.

The material from the survey consists of interviews with 82 inhabitants in Odder kommune. The interviews lasted half an hour on an average. Both fieldworkers took part in all the interviews.

Odder new

In LANCHART’s replication of the original Odder-project it has been possible to find and replicate interviews with 53 of the original 82 informants. From among these we have formed a focus-group of 24 informants. The focus-group has been selected on the background of gender, age and social background.

In order to give a fuller picture of the linguistic community in Odder today we have undertaken a number of supplementary interviews. Since a few of the original informants did not wish to take part in a new interview and others could not be located, it was necessary to supplement the original groups with 134 informants.

We have also established two new focus-groups, Odder 2, which consists of: 24 informants born between 1978-1981 and Odder 3: 33 informants from the ninth school grade and the gymnasium born 1987-1990. These informants are, like the other focus-groups, evenly distributed over sex, age and social background. The new focus-groups will make it possible to investigate linguistic change in apparent time (i.e. linguistic change between generations) in the linguistic community of Odder at a later period. The new collection ensures that it will also be possible in the future to replicate interviews with people recorded x-years ago and hence examine linguistic change in real time (i.e.  changes in the same person’s language between the two recordings).

No articles have yet appeared about Odder new but results from a grammatical investigation are included in Torben Juel Jensen and Nicolai Pharao ’s abstract for ICLave 2007.