Bilingualism, ideology, and identity: Change in the Finland-Swedish variety

Janine Astrid Elvina Strandberg, Charlotte Gooskens

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    Finland has two national languages; Finnish and a variety of Swedish known as Finland-Swedish. This chapter discusses the ideological and practical issues surrounding the two national languages of Finland, exploring how increasing bilingualism and frequent translanguaging in Finland-Swedish communities may lead to phonetic and lexical changes in the Finland-Swedish variety. During the Swedish rule of Finland, from the twelfth until the nineteenth century, Swedish was the language of the state. Due to the urbanisation of the capital city of Helsinki, located in southern Finland, Finnish native speakers have migrated in great numbers to traditionally Swedish-speaking regions on the southern coastline. Since it is only possible to report one native language per child in Finland, the concept of a single ‘mother tongue’ is socially enforced, and is often strongly connected to a person’s experiences and identity. For the Finland-Swedish bilingual, the choice between using Swedish or Finnish in a specific public setting may depend on a number of factors.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelLinguistic choices in the contemporary city
    SubtitelPostmodern individuals in urban communicative settings
    RedacteurenDick Smakman, Jiří Nekvapil, Kapitolina Fedorova
    Plaats van productieLondon
    Aantal pagina's18
    ISBN van elektronische versie9780429348037
    ISBN van geprinte versie9780367366766, 9780367366735
    StatusPublished - 23-mei-2022

    Publicatie series

    NaamRoutledge Studies in Language and Identity

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