Sweden’s most beautiful dialect: follow-up

Following up on Sveriges skönaste dialekt 2008 (Sweden’s most beautiful dialect 2008) contest, it looks like I wasn’t the only one with a preference for östgötska (the dialect(s) of Östergötland)! After some 382,000 votes, the winner was Titti Andersson from Motala – by a remarkable coincidence, the very town where I learned Swedish.

The announcement says, “[The winner] represents a dialect that is not an old-fashioned/outdated dialect but a contemporary language with typical local features which show that the dialect lives amidst modern daily life in Sweden.” Whatever that’s supposed to mean! In my experience, many östgötska varieties are actually the brunt of many farmer and hick jokes, so it’s interesting not only that voters chose an östgötska speaker, but also that the write-up puts such a heavy spin on its modernity.

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2 thoughts on “Sweden’s most beautiful dialect: follow-up

  1. Chayka March 3, 2008 / 8:02 pm

    Hi Linda,

    Do you know of anywhere I can take a class to learn an Arctic language, for instance Greenlandic? I’ve been looking around to see if any universities offer it, but although they have Swahili and Zulu, nobody seems to teach Greenlandic, Alaskan, etc. It’s like a black hole. I live in New York, so if you know anything around here that would be most helpful.

    Thanks so much!!

    -Chayka

  2. tulugaq March 3, 2008 / 10:15 pm

    Chayka, have you tried the Less Commonly Taught Languages website? They have a database you can search by language and region. It’s not perfect (it doesn’t list the Iñupiaq distance ed class I’m taking right now, for example), but it’s a start.

    http://www.carla.umn.edu/lctl/db/index.html

    Unfortunately, there just aren’t many courses for most languages (or even any courses at all). Your best bet might be to try finding a distance ed class if you can’t find one locally. Good luck!

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