Skiljetecken på Svenska: PUNCTUATION MARKS IN SWEDISH

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Like in English, and in many other languages, there are punctuation marks or symbols in Swedish language. Many of the punctuation marks in English and Swedish have the same function but there are some striking differences especially in the usage of quotation marks, in the usage of hyphen (almost limited) and in the usage of apostrophe (almost nil in its usage saving for in the foreign words that are used in Swedish text).

Do punctuation marks matter in Swedish? Yes. But are the punctuation marks taught in the language schools? Yes, and no.

“The reason it’s worth standing up for punctuation is not that it’s an arbitrary system of notation known only to an over-sensitive elite who have attacks of the vapours when they see it misapplied. The reason to stand up for punctuation is that without it there is no reliable way of communicating meaning. Punctuation herds words together, keeps others apart. Punctuation directs you how to read, in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play.” –Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

The evolution of punctuation dates back to more than two thousand years. Greek dramatists used punctuation to guide actors between breathing pints, and to this day their role is inevitable. In this article, the focus is on identifying the punctuation marks in Swedish.

PUNCTUATION = skiljetecken

Skiljetecken means punctuation marks. The word is formed out of two words: skilje (verb) and tecken (noun).

Skilje ( att skilja, skilj, skiljer, skilde, skilt) means to distinguish, to differentiate, to tell apart. And tecken (ett tecken – tecknet – tecken – tecknen) means a sign, signature.

Other words noteworthy to note here are: att binda (att binda, bind, binder, band, bundit) means to tie, to bind. And, streck (ett streck – strecket – streck – strecken) means a stroke, line, trick or prank.

Skiljetecken på Svenska

Skiljetecken på Svenska och andra symboler
PUNCTUATION MARKS IN SWEDISH and other symbols
ENGLISH SYMBOL SWEDISH
1 FULL STOP/ PERIOD . Punkt
2 QUESTION MARK ? Frågetecken
3 EXCLAMATION ! Utropstecken
4 COLON : Kolon
5 SEMICOLON ; Semikolon
6 ELLIPSIS . . . Utelämnigstecken
7 HYPHEN Bindestreck
8 DASH Tankstreck

Talstreck

EN DASH
EM DASH
9 QUOTATION MARK Citatecken
<<    >>
10 BRACKETS / PARENTHESIS (  ) Parentes
[ ] Hakparentes
{ } Klammerparentes
<  > Vinkelparentes
11 CAPITAL LETTER Stor bokstav
Small capitals Kapitäler
12 SLASH Snedstreck
FORWARD SLASH Snedstreck
BACKWARD SLASH Omvänt snedstreck / backstreck
// Doubla snedstreck
13 Comma , Komma
14 APOSTRPHE Apostrof
15 ITALICS Kursivskrift
16 Asterisk * Asterisk
17 Accenttecken é Accenttecken
18 Ampersand & Et-tecken
19 Paragraph symbol § Paragraftecken
20 UNDERLINE Understreck
21 A vertical line (not used in English) but used in Hindi to indicate a full stop. I Lodestreck (in Hindi – stop)
22 Tilde – a diacritical mark over an n or a ˷ Tilde
23 AT symbol @ Snabel a