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Finland Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish – extending the scope to pragmatic and interactional aspects.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2012 (English)In: Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture: In Memory of Michael Clyne / [ed] Rudolf Muhr, In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012, 49-60 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter gives an overview of Finland Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish. The first part outlines the status and position of Swedish in Finland and documents research on Finland Swedish. We present this body of work with reference to work on Finland-Swedish status- and corpus planning. While there is an impressive body of work on the phonological, lexical, morphological and syntactic characteristics of Finland Swedish, much less attention has been paid to the pragmatic and interactional aspects of Finland Swedish vis-à-vis Sweden Swedish. With the exception of a few studies on politeness strategies, address and greeting practices, no systematic investigation of communicative patterns in the two Swedish varieties has been undertaken. The second part presents our methodological framework for such an investigation, and present preliminary results from a pilot study on openings in institutional telephone conversations in the respective national variety. These results suggest that there are systematic differences which warrant further investigation.

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Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012. 49-60 p.
, Österreichisches Deutsch Sprache Der Gegenwart, ISSN 1618-5714 ; 14
Keyword [en]
Swedish, Finland Swedish, pragmatics, interaction, politeness, communicative patterns
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74559ISBN: 978-3-631-62024-3OAI: diva2:510674
1st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages
Forskningsinitiering: Svenska som pluricentriskt språk. pragmatik, interaktion och kommunikation i Sverige och Finland.
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2012-03-17 Created: 2012-03-17 Last updated: 2015-08-07Bibliographically approved

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