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Nasality pa svenska

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 16:32

Kou skrev:

> Okay, so I'm thinking that, without the benefit of having met a > native speaker since I decided to learn Swedish, I've managed to > develop a reasonably unembarassing Swedish accent, grave and acute > accents and all.
Heh :-) Now my accent is quite misleading, 'cause my _r_'s are uvular, but of course they make my _rt_'s, _rd_'s, _rn_'s and _rs_'s postalveolar... Finns det folk som studerar också svenska här, I wonder? :-) (hur säger man 'I wonder' på svenska? ;-))
> Now a tape I picked up in Japan on learning Swedish has a guy and a > woman on it. The guy speaks normally, but the chick has, how shall I > put this, a definite twang in her voice. I chocked it up to her > individual pronunciation and as something I did not wish to imitate, > and left it at that. But I was watching OP:7 on TV the other night > (is everyone in Sweden that cute? heck, even the shlubs on the show > are good-looking), and a couple of the characters had the same kind > of, for lack of a better term, tinny nasality. I can't describe the > phenomenon well, and I can't reproduce it, but natives, what is it > that I'm noticing? A regionalism? Swedes with deviated septa or cleft > palates? I mean "by" sounds like /by~~~~~/, fint like /fi~~~~nt/, etc.
Hm. Not that I have noticed anything, neither on tapes (We're using The Swedish Institute's _Svenska utifrån_, which is reasonably un-phony - well at least definitely less phony than ALL the English textbooks I've ever had, and a certain _Mål 1_, which isn't that good) nor on the radio. But then, it may be a regionalism, since I definitely remember reading that Swedish used to have nasalised vowels at some point in history, or else indeed a feature of gender-defined (or is it socially-defined?) pronunciation, like the more diphthongoid Russian women's _o_. Hej då, Pavel -- Pavel Iosad Is mall a mharcaicheas am fear a bheachdaicheas --Scottish proverb


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