Swedish on the Åland islands: A non dominant yet dominating variety
2016 (English)In: Pluricentric Languages and Non-Dominant Varieties Worldwide: Part 1. Pluricentric Languages across Continents. Features and Usage / [ed] Rudolf Muhr, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016, 415-429 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
This paper examines the current language situation on the Åland islands. Åland is a Swedish-speaking autonomous province in Finland. Finland has two national languages: Finnish and Swedish. The Swedish- speaking population in Finland is about 291,000 or 5.3% of the total population (Statistics Finland, end-2014). In Åland, however, Swedish is spoken by 88% of the inhabitants (ÅSUB 2015a). This study discusses the language situation in Åland in terms of attitudes, identity, political circumstances and language use by drawing on existent research as well as the results of a written pilot questionnaire about the Åland residents’ everyday language use. The overall finding is that the citizens of Åland have a very strong Åland identity and that the Swedish language is a prominent factor contributing to this identity. The language situation on the Åland islands is rare in that a non-dominant variety, in a country with two national languages, is strikingly dominant.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016. 415-429 p.
, Österreichisches Deutsch, Sprache der Gegenwart, ISSN 1618-5714 ; 18
Languages and Literature
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135677ISBN: 9783631679135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135677DiVA: diva2:1047758
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, M12-0137:1