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At 11:44 2.2.2004, Tristan McLeay wrote:

>It has been mentioned in jest that Swedish is really a dialect of Chinese
>masquerading as a Germanic language... What is the basis for all of this?
>I think one point was some dialects pronouncing /i/ as [z]..?

That, and the lexical tones.  NB that while in Chinese it is
the syllable which carries the tone in SE/NO it is the lexical
word.  BTW those very same dialects who have [z=] for long /i/
have [z_O=] for long /y/ and [z_w=] for long /8/! :)

/BP 8^)
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