PeterMollenburg wrote:Out of curiosity, and I can probably just search this, but why not ask here as it was your log Elsa Maria that made me wonder
this... Does Danish also have a tonal system like Norwegian and Swedish? Are the tones similar-ish?
First of all, it is usually said that the stød in Danish somewhat corresponds to the tonal system of Norwegian and Swedish. (But personally, I think this explanation mostly makes sense for minimal pairs.)
As for a tonal system, I'd say that Danish in fact does have two pitches - that is, you'll encounter two-syllable words with different pitches. Sometimes I hear words like these pronounced with a regular acute accent (think /JOHN-son/, /LON-don/) in one dialect, but more like a Swedish pitch#2 by most speakers.
To use my favourite Nordavinden og Sola example, I'm sure that if there were a Danish counterpart, we'd find versions that used both pitch accents (and mostly in the same spots), but also versions that used "the other" pitch for some words.