Laryngeal contrasts in Norwegian

I remember that, when I had just started learning Norwegian, tones were a phenomenon that frustrated me to no end. As you can read in this post, I eventually did figure out the reason why it took me so long and how tones actually worked in Norwegian. Anyway, when I had just started on Norwegian, … Continue reading Laryngeal contrasts in Norwegian



This January, I went to Tromsø to present at  the Norwegian Graduate Student Conference in Linguistics and Philology, which was being held at the University ofe Tromsø  from 22 to 23 January. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun. I spent two extra days in Norway, learning a lot about the city of Tromsø and (of … Continue reading Tromsø

Tones in Norwegian: why they are problematic for L2 learners

The critical reader may have noticed that I have, up until now, avoided comments on one distinct phonological feature of Norwegian, namely tone: "a word-accent; a rising, falling, or compound inflexion, by which words otherwise of the same sound are distinguished, as in ancient Greek, modern Chinese, and other languages" (OED Online 2014: "tone, n."). I … Continue reading Tones in Norwegian: why they are problematic for L2 learners