Language Policy in Sweden

Thu, December 1, 2016 | BUR 337

4:00 PM

In this talk, professor Lyngfelt will discuss the current situation for more or less official lanuage policy in Sweden, and also comment on Swedish language policy in neighboring Finland, wich has a five percent Swedish-speaking minority.

During the last few decades, the conditions for language policy in Sweden have changed in several ways. In terms of the linguistic landscape, we have seen an increase in immigrant languages, a growing English influence, and the birth of e-language and its consequences. In terms of organization, the Language Council of Sweden has been transformed from an independent organization to a state institution, and in 2009, Sweden got its first language law. During the same period, the actual practice of official language policy has developed from a focus on clarity and norms, to a much broader orientaion. 

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