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Thread: Swedish accent (i.e. acute and grave)

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    Swedish accent (i.e. acute and grave)

    So, from listening to Swedish, I've pretty much got the whole acute/grave accent figured out. But, I would love it if a native speaker (or other general expert) could give me some sort of definitive rulings on some questions. Tack

    1) Besides exceptions like "doktor" and "konsul", do Swedish nouns keep their accent for plural / definite forms?

    2) Which accent (grave or acute) is used in the different forms of a verb (e.g. älska, älskar, älskade...)? Does this vary from verb to verb? If so, could you please give some examples?

    Finally, if there are any dialectical differences, please do note that.

    tack

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    Re: Swedish accent (i.e. acute and grave)

    Yes, the tone/pitch changes as you conjugate the verb (infinitive vs present vs imperative).
    Read here:
    Lexical specification of tone in North Germanic
    http://www.ling-phil.ox.ac.uk/files/...ation_tone.pdf

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    Re: Swedish accent (i.e. acute and grave)

    Takk, that was very helpful. It did leave some questions, though.

    1) How is accent changed in the past tense / supine / past participle

    2) How can one identify when the acute accent will be retained in the plural

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    Re: Swedish accent (i.e. acute and grave)

    To answer the last question in your original post: yes, there are differences in accent between different dialects. A word spoken with acute accent in one dialect may be spoken with grave accent in another.

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