Swedish, Aiboland


  • Language: Swedish, Aiboland
  • Alternate names: Estlandssvenska, Rannarootsi
  • Language code: dswea
  • Language family: Indo-European, Classical Indo-European, Germanic, Northwest Germanic, North Germanic, North Scandinavian, East-Central Swedic, East Swedic
  • Dialect of: Swedish
  • Number of speakers: 1000
  • Script: Latin script

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    The location of Aiboland
    The location of Aiboland, the
    area where Swedish was spoken.
    Estonian Swedish (Swedish estlandssvenska) is a group of East-Swedish dialects spoken by Aibofolke, island people (Estonian: rannarootsi, 'coast Swedish') in Estonia. It's spoken in the following areas; Ormsö (Vormsi), Nuckö (Noarootsi), Sutlep (Sutlepa), Odensholm (Osmussaar), Rågöarna (Pakri saared), Nargö (Naissaar), Runö (Ruhnu), Rickul (Riguldi), Vippal (Vihterpalu), Korkis (Kurkse), and Tallinn. This Swedish dialect is almost extinct.

    A traffic sign in Nuckö
    A traffic sign in Nuckö

    The verb

    The verb doesn't show any peculiarities in conjugation. The differences between Standard Swedish and the dialects are rather in spelling. For example, while standard Swedish says kör 'drive', Nuckö dialect says ker.

    Sample verb

    Tense Number 'kŭma' (to come) 'bít' (to bite)
    Infinitive kŭma bít
    Present kŭmur bítur
    Preterite Singular kom 1 / kám 2 bait
    Plural kŭmu bitu
    Imperative kŭm! bít!
    Supine kŭme bite


    1. Ormö dialect.
    2. Nukkö dialect.

    Sample text

    Nuckömål (Swedish spoken in Nuckö):
    Stick tälknin i stolpan o hälvtor stolpan topa kalkan, säte Halmen o Hälma färe kalkan o ker te Nuckö toka.

    Stick täljkniven i stolpen och vält stolpen på kälken, sätt Hjälmen och Hjälma för kälken och kör till Nuckö.

    The cited book / verb reference.
    The cited book / verb reference.

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