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The Germanic language spoken natively in Sweden.

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How is it possible that so many words seem to get the exact opposite meaning when adopted to a different language?

"Semester" in Swedish means "vacation". In English, "semester" means the exact opposite: the time period of the year when you are in school. I don't know which stole the word from which, or if it's a ...
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Origin of -s verbs in Norwegian and Swedish

(Disclaimer: I am not a linguist.) I am learning Norwegian now, and they have some verb form when you attach -s to the end. It is often called passive voice (used in Present tense and in infinitive ...
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How similar are Norwegian and Swedish compared to Dutch and Flemish / German?

I speak Dutch natively and wondered this ever since I visited Norway. When I was there a new friend told me Norwegians understand Swedish up to a level and he could not explain how much of it. So I ...
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“Den” or “det” in Swedish

I am native Swedish speaker and I have a problem that the language seems to have no grammar in some cases. For instance there is both "en lag" and "ett lag" meaning completely different things but the ...
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Common gender in Swedish and gender equality

I study Swedish and I have a question. I know ancient grammatical masculine and femenine gender fused into one ("common gender") at some point in time, but I was wondering... They say that the ...
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Sami loanwords in Swedish language [closed]

Are there any words in Swedish borrowed directly from Sami languages? Excluding proper nouns. One example would be enough for "yes" answer. A link to some research on related subject is required for "...
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What's the declination for snabel-a? [closed]

What's the declination for Ett snabel-a i.e. the name for the symbol @?
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Where can I find a semantic or syntactic analysis of a Swedish verb?

Are there any books which will talk about the specific semantic or syntactic properties of a specific word (in my case, a verb in the Swedish language). I know there are many general reference books ...
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Where does the Swedish word “bra” come from? [closed]

Swedish has the words "bra", "god" and "väl" with similar meanings. "Bra" is usually an adjective for example Han är en bra programmerare. = He is a good programmer. "God" means more like "...
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Is there a name for self-reference in verbs?

In German and Swedish we have typically the ending ...sig (själv) or ...sich (selbst) (in German) when doing something with yourself, for yourself or oneself. Example Ändra sig (="change yourself/...
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Are these similarities coincidental?

The word "betray" sounds similar to the Swedish word "bedra". The Swedish word means betray or commit a fraud. The word "fraud" sounds similar to the Swedish word "förrådd" which means betrayed. ...
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Possessive pronoun position in north germanic languages

I begin with the following translations of the sentence "This is my father": Icelandic: Þetta er faðir minn. Bokmål: Dette er faren min. Danish: Det her er min far. Swedish: Det här är min far. All ...
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In Swedish, how did the third person plural pronoun de come to be pronounced /dɔm/?

The Swedish third person plural pronoun has the nominative case form de, which is pronounced /dɔm/. How did this situation come about? My guess is that the nominative merged with the accusative but ...
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Question about usage of Swedish words “som” and “vem” [closed]

In the song "Jorden är ett litet rum," Eva Dahlgren sings "kvinnan som lever sitt liv i Stockholm..." Would it be correct to say "kvinnan vem lever sitt liv i Stockholm"? I ask in part because the ...
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What is this sound that can be heard in Swedish?

There seems to be a special L sound in Swedish, I've tried to find what consonant/vowel it is for a long time, but eventually I decided to ask here Two videos with the sound in it: Video 1, at 3:19,...
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Does Swedish always had common and neuter genders?

Exactly as stated in the title. I wonder if it always been that way or it is some modern concept to enforce gender equality?
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Suffix -sk[a/i] for adjectives derrived from nations in Nordic and some Slavic languages

I was wondering about the ending -sk(+ optionally an additional vowel) used to create adjectives from names of the nations in Nordic (at least Danish and Swedish) as well as some Slavic languages (at ...
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Why is “och” (and) not spelled “og” in Swedish?

For example, here is the word for "I" in the Old Norse dialects. Old East Norse = Jak Old West Norse = Ek These words became, with a natural evolution, the following: Icelandic = Ég Faroese = Eg ...
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German/Swedish dictionary to download as a text file

I am looking for a dictionary that I can download as a text file which specifies the grammatical gender of nouns in both languages. Basically, I would like something like: https://archive.org/details/...
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About the Swedish /ɧ/

Swedish has quite a peculiarity that I haven't found (yet) in other languages. There are some spellings that are pronounced all the same way. Currently the number of these spellings is disputed, but ...