Syllable reduction and articulation rates in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish

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    This investigation compares articulation rates of phonological and phonetic syllables in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish to investigate differences in degrees of syllable deletion (reduction) among these three languages. For the investigation two sets of data are used: one consisting of recorded speech from radio news and another consisting of sentences read aloud. The results of the comparative investigation show that in both data sets Danish exhibits a much larger degree of syllable reduction in speech than Norwegian and Swedish. The finding that certain syllable deletion processes take place in Danish but not in Norwegian and Swedish is viewed as typological. The results indicate that Danish words are shorter than their Norwegian and Swedish counterparts. This could be a contributing factor to problems that arise in inter-Scandinavian communication.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)215-237
    Number of pages23
    JournalNordic Journal of Linguistics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-2011


    • articulation rate
    • Danish
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
    • syllable deletion
    • syllable reduction
    • TIME

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