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English in contemporary Sweden: Perceptions, policies, and narrated practices
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Sociolinguistics, ISSN 1360-6441, E-ISSN 1467-9841, Vol. 17, no 1, 93-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper compares trends in Sweden's language planning and language policies, and particularly the rationale underlying recent government legislation, to actual language use at the grass roots' of society, in order to investigate the extent to which academic and official rationales are confirmed by observed language practices. The passing of the Swedish Language Act of 2009 followed debates in academia and the media which not infrequently characterised English as a major threat to the survival of Swedish. However, despite the strong belief in the utility of English widely held in Sweden, the Swedish language is the preferred language of Swedes as well as immigrants in most domains. These results reveal a contradiction between the arguments put forward by a number of academics, educators and journalists concerning the threat' of English, and the language practices of ordinary folk in their daily lives.

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2013. Vol. 17, no 1, 93-117 p.
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English in Sweden, ideology, immigration, language debates, language planning, language policies, sociolinguistics, Swedish language
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88958DOI: 10.1111/josl.12014ISI: 000315440900004OAI: diva2:616539


Available from: 2013-04-17 Created: 2013-04-08 Last updated: 2016-04-05Bibliographically approved

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