Swedish: satte sig — Z sound?

Discussion in 'Nordic Languages' started by Miralasa, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Miralasa Senior Member

    I've heard something what is probably 'satte sig' pronounced with 'zej'. Is it normal? I thought there were no Z sound in Swedish,
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2013
  2. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    It seems that it can occur as an allophone of 's'.

    I have heard several times Norwegian radio journalists pronounce "president" with a slight voicing of the "s". The "z" doesn't exist as a phoneme in Norwegian either.

    In Spanish the "s" before "m" is regularly voiced (like in "mismo").
  3. Tjahzi

    Tjahzi Senior Member

    Umeå, Sweden
    Swedish (Göteborg)
    It's true that Swedish lacks [z] (and all other voiced fricatives). That said, an unvoiced obstruent becoming voiced in intervocalic positions is a classic linguistic phenomenon so it's not at all unlikely that your observations are correct.
  4. Lugubert Senior Member

    Isn't it true that, in Lah Palmah, you might hear "lo mihmo"?

    Theoretically yes, but even my nitpicking ears have never identified a [z] in any Swedish utterance - and I always for example hear [hamva:] for han var.

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