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Skriftspråksnära talat standardspråk: En studie av uttalsdrag i upplästa finlandssvenska tv- och radionyheter 1970–2009
Helsingfors universitet.
2014 (Swedish)In: Språk & Stil, ISSN 1101-1165, Vol. 24, 197-230 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this study is the pronunciation of the Finland Swedish standard language on television and radio news from 1970 to 2009. An analysis of several phonological features shows that the language has not evolved in any specific direction, and that the change in pronunciation of the variables investigated is not uniform. Throughout the time period studied, the pronunciation of the news readers was much closer to the written language than the vernacular is. The final -t in definite nouns (e.g. bordet  ‘the table’) and in non-finite verb forms in -t (e.g. hittat ‘[has] found’) was pronounced clearly throughout, except in the 1980s when the final consonant was left out of 20 % of the possible cases. The final -r in verbs in the present tense (e.g. kommer ‘comes’) and in plural nouns (e.g. blommor ‘flowers’) was left out of 15–20 % of the words, with the exception of the 1980s when the final -r was left out of only 7 % of the words. Style sensitive words such as inte, skulle and måste (‘not, should, must’) were consistently pronounced in their full form, while short function words such as eller, med and till (‘or, with, to’) showed a shift towards more formal pronunciation in the 2000s. The study shows that no shift towards a more informal and commercial style can be seen in the Finland Swedish news readings. The high language awareness amongst Finland Swedish journalists, who represent a minority language, is suggested as one explanatory factor.

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2014. Vol. 24, 197-230 p.
Keyword [en]
Finland Swedish, spoken standard language, pronunciation, television news, radio news, phonological variation
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248727DiVA: diva2:800924
Available from: 2015-04-08 Created: 2015-04-08 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved

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