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06-13-2012, 03:17 PM
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I don't believe Swedish is a Slavic language. That might be the
cause for the confusion.
You are correct, and the person you responded to is incorrect. Not all slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet, which he is referring to. For example, Polish, in which y plays roughly the role that it does in English.
Swedish uses a modified latin script which, along with the extra characters: ä å ö, also has different sounds for a number of the letters, for example, u sounds much more accute than its english counterpart, and o on its own sounds like a double-o dipthong in english.
Y in swedish can take on two different sounds: a u sound, and an "ee" sound, which is decided upon based on the letters around it. A quick google, as it's been some time since I decided that I didn't want to learn swedish just yet after all, turned up a couple examples of this dichotomy: mycket(very, pronounced as Mu-ckeh) vs tyska(German, pronounced as Tiska). There are specific rules for when to pronounce y as whatever, but I'm too lazy to look them up.
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