Since I’ve been listening to lots of Swedish lately, from a variety of sources, I’ve come across a sound that I can’t quite figure out how to duplicate, and I can’t find it mentioned in the pronunciation articles I’ve been reading. I’m hoping some Swedes can come to my rescue and explain how to make this sound.
I’ve gathered 4 examples of it. I’ve been referring to it as “the strangling sound” because it sounds to me like there’s a throat-constricting thing going on during this vowel. It only occurs in one accent, which occurs in one of my audiobooks and in one of the speakers from the Swedish Pimsleur lessons.
Sample 1 is from an audiobook. Listen for about the 6th word or so, which sounds like “li”, except the vowel has this weird quality that I’m having trouble describing.
Sample 2 is from the same audiobook, and has a couple examples of the strangling sound. Again, a “li” sound at about the 5th word, and then another word a few words later.
Sample 3 is from Pimsleur. The word is “Hej”, right at the beginning.
Sample 4 is also from Pimsleur, and the last word, “vin”, has this sort of sound. This might actually be the most clear example.
If anyone can tell me anything about this…like how to reproduce it, and maybe what accent this is, it would be much appreciated 🙂