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Norwegian surname pronounciation
Thread poster: Diamantis Konstantinidis

Diamantis Konstantinidis
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Mar 21, 2009

Hi there!

I do not speak Norwegian, and I'm translating a book in Greek. In it I found the following Norwegian surname: "Saltkjelsvik". I have no idea how to write this in Greek characters, so I would be grateful if someone could write it in phonetic symbols.

Thank you very much!

Diamantis


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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salt-çels-vik Mar 21, 2009

This is pretty straightforward. The only difficult sound is the one represented by "kj", which is a sound similar to the sound of "ch" in German "ich".

salt-çels-vik (I am using "ç" to represent the sound spelled "kj" in Norwegian.


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Diamantis Konstantinidis
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Thanks! Mar 22, 2009

Thank you Michele! I thought it would be like "y" in "you".

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Martijn van Groningen
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salt-çels-week Mar 23, 2009

I agree with Michele, but I would like to add that the -v- is pronounced as a voiced labiodental fricative 'w' (like pretty much in any Scandinavian language), and that the -i- in -vik- tends to be long, like in e.g. English 'week'.

Perhaps http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_phonology could be of any interest?

Good luck!
Martijn


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Diamantis Konstantinidis
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Thanks Martijn Mar 23, 2009

Alright then, Martijn! I appreciate your help.

Now, how to write all that in Greek...


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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σαλτχελσυικ Mar 23, 2009

Diamantis Konstantinidis wrote:

Now, how to write all that in Greek...



I think "σαλτχελσυικ" would be the nearest approximation in Greek.


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Diamantis Konstantinidis
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Good Mar 24, 2009

I was thinking out loud, but Michele I appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Thanks Michele and Martijn! If I wrote the book I would mention you both! Good luck to everything you do; I may meet another Norwegian term, so keep an eye on the forum.

Regards, Diamantis


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Lars Finsen
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Suggestion Mar 24, 2009

Michele Fauble wrote:

I think "σαλτχελσυικ" would be the nearest approximation in Greek.



I think "σαλτχελσβικ" is nearer. In modern Greek, the beta is used for the same sound as the Norwegian v.

LEF


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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σαλτχελσβικ Mar 24, 2009

Lars Finsen wrote:

Michele Fauble wrote:

I think "σαλτχελσυικ" would be the nearest approximation in Greek.



I think "σαλτχελσβικ" is nearer. In modern Greek, the beta is used for the same sound as the Norwegian v.

LEF


I agree. Using "β" for Norwegian "v" is more accurate.


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