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Orsamål

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Introduction

Orsamål is Dalecarlian dialect spoken in Orsa municipality in Upper Dalarna, Sweden.

Since Sweden's Radio Ltd started its nation-wide broadcasts in 1940's the use of Orsamål has declined. Nowadays most people can't speak or understand it. Also many people that talk Orsamål make grammatical mistakes and mix it with Swedish loanwords.

Dalecarlian languages

[Edit] There are many variants of Dalecarlian.

The Orsamål verb

  • There are two tenses: present and imperfect.
  • Two moods: indicative and imperative.
  • Unlike Swedish the Orsamål verb makes distinction between number: singular/plural.
  • In plural the verb is conjugated in person.

Sample verb: tålå

tålå (English: to talk, to speak)

Person Present Imperfect Imperative
Sg.1 tälär täläd -
Sg.2 tälä!
Sg.3 -
Pl.1 tålum tälädum -
Pl.2 tålä ? tale!
Pl.3 tålå täläd -

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