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Managing multilingualism in a European nation-state: challenges for Sweden
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Multiethnic Research.
2001 (English)Book (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This collection of papers presents a range of views about the three-layered language situation in Sweden, a situation not unlike that in many other countries worldwide. The papers include the following: "Introduction" (Sally Boyd and Leena Huss); "Swedish, English, and the European Union" (Bjorn Melander), which summarizes studies that focus on the question of the English language's influence on Swedish, primarily as a result of Sweden's membership in the European Union; "The Protection and Rejection of Minority and Majority Languages in the Swedish School System" (Jarmo Lainio), which presents a minority language perspective about the situation in Swedish schools concerning the national language, minority languages (particularly Finnish), and English; "Swedish Tomorrow: A Product of the Linguistic Dominance of English?" (Britt-Louise Gunnarsson), which discusses the role of English in Sweden, primarily in the written medium; and "The World Came to Sweden--But Did Language Rights?" (Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Robert Phillipson), which examines the role of global English, focusing on myths about the benefits of English as a neutral lingua franca and noting weaknesses of various international legal documents in regard to protecting linguistic human rights.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Multilingual Matters Ltd, Clevedon, Avon (U.K.) , 2001.
Keyword [en]
Language Policies, Language Planning, Minority languages, Sweden
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-26405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-26405DiVA: diva2:54179
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