By John Hajek, Yvette Slaughter
This quantity demanding situations the monolingual mind-set through highlighting how language-related matters encompass us in lots of alternative ways, and explores the tensions that could advance in coping with and realizing multilingualism. The publication positive aspects research and dialogue at the use of languages throughout a variety of contexts, together with post-migration payment, coverage, schooling, language touch and intercultural communique.
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Josephson and K. Jämtlid (eds) Engelskan i Sverige. Språkval i utbildning, arbete och kulturliv (Småskrift utgiven av Svenska språknämnden 2004) (pp. 7–24). Stockholm: Norstedts Ordbok. Melander, B. (2001) Swedish, English and the European Union. In S. Boyd and L. Huss (eds) Managing Multilingualism in a European Nation-State. Challenges for Sweden (pp. 13–31). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. Melander, B. (2006) Funktion eller kultur – vad ska svensk språkpolitik syfta till? ] In Språk i Norden (pp.
The following areas of use at least can be distinguished: (1) English taught as a school subject; (2) English used as a lingua franca; (3) English in certain domains; (4) English as an act of identity; and (5) English in the linguistic landscape. The term ‘Scandinavia’ is used in this chapter as shorthand for Denmark, Norway and Sweden (where Scandinavian languages are spoken) as well as for Finland (which is part of the Scandinavian peninsula together with Sweden and Norway). English is taught as a mandatory subject in schools throughout Scandinavia, usually from Grade 3 or 4, meaning that school leavers normally have 9–10 years of English teaching.
The Language Act regulates the principles that were passed by Parliament in 2005, and specifies the ‘position and usage of the Swedish language and other languages in Swedish society’ and intends to ‘protect the Swedish language and language diversity in Sweden, and the individual’s access to language’ (Language Act, Section 2). The Act states the following objectives for the position of Swedish in Sweden (Sections 4–6): Swedish is the principal language in Sweden As principal language, Swedish is the common language in society that everyone resident in Sweden is to have access to and that is to be usable in all areas of society The public sector has a particular responsibility for the use and development of Swedish.