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4 Melodies

Pitch in Swedish is an enormously important part of the

accent, both in the language itself and in an accent in
English. It has a much wider pitch range than the
Australian Dialect, because the important words in
phrases are highlighted with tonal emphasis, or pitch


very musical lilt

stress is random

There is a characteristic tonal pattern in Swedish; the

compound falling tone. In a phrase, beats are upwardly
inflected and begin on a note lower than that of the
steady rhythm, changing pitch creates musicality
previous beat. This gives Swedish its highly
characteristic sing-song qualities. Repetitive rising
emphasis often on first syllable + often stress certain vowels to change meaning,
inflection is essential to the accent, and must always be
present, even if only barely suggested.
instead of words as we do
vowels lengthened and given umlaut tone

1 Swedish/Sweden
Swedish is a North Germanic language, spoken natively by about 9 million people
predominantly in Sweden and parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing
with Finnish.
It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and Danish.
Along with the other North Germanic languages, Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse,
the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking
Today, Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy, with
the Monarch as the head of state.
Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health
care and tertiary education for its citizens

2 Placement/Zone
lips half open, half closed + slightly forward
articulation between danish-open quality, + norwegian, more closed
consonants generally softer than english counterparts. pronounced

of tongue against back of upper front teeth Ds Ls Ns Ts

pursed lips to create many elongated umlaut (dots above vowels)
flavour of swedish dialect for many sounds can be best achieved by
curling tip of tongue back toward centre of roof of mouth