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Pronunciation of också

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I've never heard anyone pronounce it this way before and I feel pretty sure that it was just because of influence from L1, but I met a Norwegian on a train recently and he spoke pretty good Swedish, however he kept pronouncing också as if it were åsså. I understand that in Norwegian også is pronounced that way, but I just wanted to make sure that I'm not unaware of some regional variant of Swedish in which också is pronounced like it is in Norwegian. I don't think it's too farfetched that it could be, but I wonder how strange it would be to say it in a place like Stockholm.

1 year ago

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There's actually a pretty wide range of perfectly fine pronunciations for such a short word. I have absolutely no data to back this up, but I'd wager a small sum on åsså being the most common way. It doesn't really sound out-of-place anywhere in Sweden that I can think of, even where it might not be the default option.

1 year ago

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To me, the "åsså" pronunciation would be reserved for "och så" though, while "också" would keep a K-sound in there.

1 year ago

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Somebody must have done a survey on this...

1 year ago

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I did a big online survey a few years ago and it was one of the questions. It is certainly a common pronunciation and I hear it often in Skåne.

1 year ago

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Most of the responses come from Skåne so there is a small bias, but I took a short look at the answers and most responses were definitely from Skåne and Västergötland.

1 year ago

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Wonderful, thanks for adding that. :)

1 year ago

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Dude, this is so awesome. Thanks!

1 year ago

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I hope so!

1 year ago

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I had this neighbour from rural Skåne and we’d have these awkward conversations in the hallway where I said: Allt bra? and he said Jadå, du åsså? and that was it.

Where I grew up in Östergötland, everyone would pronounce the k like you said, so it was a bit new to me, but you hear it often in Skåne.

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1 year ago

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I'd say it's reasonable to assume that också is pronounced like this in many places closer to the Norwegian border. I know it's not unusual to hear icke instead of inte sometimes.

1 year ago