Multilingual Urban Scandinavia: New Linguistic Practices

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Dr. Pia Quist, Dr. Bente Ailin Svendsen
Multilingual Matters, Oct 7, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages

This book presents, for the first time, an overarching, trans-Scandinavian, comprehensive and comparable account of linguistic developments and practices in late modern urban contact zones. The book aims to capture the multilingual realities of all young people in urban contexts, whether they are of migrant descent or not. Taking a multi-layered approach to linguistic practices, chapters in the book include structural and phonological analyses of new linguistic practices, examine how these practices and their practitioners are perceived, and discuss the sociolinguistic potentials of speakers when constructing, challenging and negotiating identities. The book also contains three short overview articles describing studies of multilingual practices in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The editors have aimed to make Scandinavian research on urban multilingualism accessible to scholars and students who don’t speak Scandinavian languages, and also to make a valuable contribution to the global study of multilingualism.

 

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Contents

Research on Language in Multilingual Urban Settings in Sweden
1
Linguistic Practices in Multilingual Urban Contexts
12
SubjectVerb Order Variation in the Swedish of Young
31
On Some Structural Aspects of Norwegian Spoken
49
Pronunciation
57
Pronunciation in Swedish Multiethnolect
65
Prosody in the Copenhagen Multiethnolect
79
Identity Code and Practice
96
Exploring Linguistic
127
Noninversion
142
HipHop Street
156
Perceptions
170
Linguistic Practice and Stereotypes among Copenhagen
189
One of My Kind? Language and Ethnicity among
207
References
225
Index
247

The Use of Multiethnic Youth Language in Oslo
111

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About the author (2010)

Pia Quist is Associate Professor at the Department of Scandinavian Research at University of Copenhagen. She has an MA in Nordic Philology and Political science, and a PhD in sociolinguistics. Her research interests include urban sociolinguistics, multilingualism, gender and language, and youth and language. She has published her research on multilingual practices in national and international journals and anthologies.

Bente Ailin Svendsen is Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo. She has carried out research on second language acquisition, multilingualism among migrant children and adults, and language use and identity constructions among adolescents in multilingual urban contexts. Her work has previously appeared in the International Journal of Bilingualism, and one of her articles on multilingualism won the Norwegian Language Award 2009.

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