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På bowlingen är vi flerspråkiga: Om språkvanor bland äldre nordiska migranter i Spanien
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages, Advanced Studies in Modern Swedish.
2018 (Swedish)In: Skrifter utg av Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsala. Årsbok 2017-2018, ISSN 0349-0416, p. 67-91Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Ulla Börestam

At the bowling alley, we are multilingual

Language habits among older Scandinavian migrants in Spain

In the wake of globalization, mobility in various forms has become more common. The tendency to move applies not least to older people who, in connection with retirement, choose to spend at least part of the year in a warmer country, a phenomena known as “International Retirement Migration” (IRM). In this article, I report on a study of language habits among a group of older Scandinavian migrants on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Their language habits have been investigated by using language diaries and interviews, but also by fieldwork. At the same time as these people are aging, a linguistic reorientation of secondary language character (Spanish), must take place, as well as an activation of previously learnt foreign language skills (especially English and German). The study shows that the senior migrants live in a multilingual environment rather than in a Spanish one and that knowledge of different languages – including Spanish – is used in a flexible and pragmatic way, well according to the demands of the situation.

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Uppsala, 2018. p. 67-91
Keywords [en]
transnational migration, integration, second language acquisition, International retirement migration, IRM, multilingualism
Keywords [sv]
transnationell migration, integration, andraspråksinlärning, seniormigration, språkinlärning, flerspråkighet
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Humanities and the Arts
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Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382451OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-382451DiVA, id: diva2:1307077
Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-04-25 Last updated: 2019-04-25

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