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Language Choice Among Iranians in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, ISSN 0143-4632, E-ISSN 1747-7557, Vol. 29, no 5, 419-437 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the language choice among Iranians in Sweden, both inside and

outside the home domain. The data are collected from 188 participants through

structured interviews and questionnaires. The results show that Persian is the main

instrument of communication in the home domain between parents and children.

However, some Swedish is also used, especially by the members of the second

generation. The results also reveal that Swedish is the language most frequently

used outside the home domain. It is also shown that mothers use Swedish more than

fathers. It is argued that this may be because they are much more involved in their

children’s education, which demands greater second language skills. The topic of

education gradually constrains the language that mothers share with their children.

It becomes more natural, straightforward and less time-consuming for both mothers

and children to talk in Swedish about matters that concern school. It also seems that

having greater second language skills along with the responsibility for the children’s

education bring about social mobility for women, not only within their families but

also within the society as a whole.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
England: Routledge: Taylor & Francis , 2008. Vol. 29, no 5, 419-437 p.
Keyword [en]
Bilingualism, Adult language learner, Language choice, Language shift
National Category
Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145102DOI: 10.1080/01434630802147924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-145102DiVA: diva2:395319
Available from: 2011-02-05 Created: 2011-02-05 Last updated: 2011-03-23Bibliographically approved

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