Swedish R's before a stop

Posted by Panu Petteri Höglund on 13:22 6/5/02

In reply to: Years, Xurno, burgers posted by Irgend Jemand on 20:43 6/3/02

In my opinion, Swedish r's never disappear. But in the Swedish of Sweden, the r before s, t, d, l, and n tends to fuse with the following consonant into a retroflex sound. This is not usual in the Swedish of Finland, actually it is something we usually mimick in Finland to poke fun at Swedes.

Mark responds:

Ah, OK, not before velars, then. (I don't think Verdurians would hear retroflexion as anything like an r... unless they've heard an Ismaîn r.)

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