Kven speakers

Trosterud Trond trond.trosterud at uit.no
Tue Oct 30 19:28:34 UTC 2012


The best estimates on the number of speakers of both the Sami languages and of Kven in Norway can be given by Torkel Rasmussen. As for Kven:

Rasmussen, Torkel<http://www.ub.uit.no/baser/kvensk/advancedsearch.php?Creator=Rasmussen,%20Torkel&submit=search>
Kuinka moni osaa suomea ja kveeniä Pohjois-Norjassa? / s. 41-47 / 2005<http://www.ub.uit.no/baser/kvensk/advancedsearch.php?Date=2005&submit=search> /
Arina : nordisk tidsskrift for kvensk forskning = pohjoismainen kveenitutkimuksen aikakausjulkaisu / Nr 1 /


I have a copy of the article (but on the university). The empirical material for this article is material achieved as a byproduct from an investigation regarding knowledge of North Saami in Norway, and some of the follow-up questions given to Saami speakers were not given to the Kven speakers. But this investigation is, as far as I know, the best there is since the last Norwegian census asking for language knowledge. I will not quote any numbers without the article at hand, but as you can see, an investigation thus exists.

Some of the census data from the first half of the 20th century are also treated in my article
Trond Trosterud: Language Assimilation During the Modernisation Process: Experiences from Norway and North-West Russia. 93-122. Acta Borealia (2008): Volume 25(2) (ref: http://site.uit.no/acta/category/trosterud-trond/)
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