This book presents a comprehensive, contrastive account of the phonological structures and characteristics of Swedish. After an introduction on the history of the language and its relation to other Scandinavian languages, the book is divided into parts dealing with segmental phonology, lower prosodic phonology, stress and tone, morphology-phonology interactions, higher prosodic phonology, and intonation. The book concludes with concise accounts of phonotactics and the relationship between phonology and orthography. Tomas Riad's approach is data-oriented and, insofar as possible, theory-neutral. As well as making an important contribution to its subject, his book provides new insights into how morphology largely determines the distribution of stress in a Germanic language, and how tonal accent may signal wellformedness in word formation.
Tomas Riad is Professor of Scandinavian Languages at the University of Stockholm. He has published numerous articles on Scandinavian and Gothic phonology in scholarly journals, including Fonetik, the Nordic Journal of Linguistics, and Journal of Germanic Linguistics.
1. Introduction ; 2. Vowels ; 3. Consonants ; 4. Segmental Rules ; 5. The Prosodic Word in Swedish ; 6. The Prosodic Foot and Stress Patterns ; 7. Minimality and Optimality of Roots: Branchingness and Nicknames ; 8. Segmental and Prosodic Quantity ; 9. Tonal Word Accents ; 10. Prosodic Status of Morphemes in the Lexicon: Stress ; 11. Prosodic Status of Morphemes in the Lexicon: Tone Accent ; 12. Syllables ; 13. Orthographic System ; 14. Intonation ; 15. References