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Does the Nordic Region Speak with a FORKED Tongue?: The Queen of Denmark, the Government Minister and others give their views on the Nordic language community
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2012 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Why is it impossible to talk Swedish while queuing for a hamburger on a Friday night in Helsinki without getting into a fight, despite Swedish being an official language in Finland? The Queen of Denmark, the Government Minister, the Nobel Prize winner and the young editor-in-chief all have an intense relationship with language. In this book, they – along with a number of other people with a keen interest in language – talk about how language has shaped their lives, both private and professional. Language affects people – it engages and provokes. And power lies in language. Icelanders and Finns only have access to translated and interpreted material if they have not learned a Scandinavian language. Does the way we handle language in Nordic collaboration mean that we are creating a democratic deficit? How are we affected by tradition on the one hand and by the accelerating change brought about by globalisation on the other? Is it a question of generational boundaries? Would young people in Nordic countries rather speak English than Norwegian? These are some of the issues touched upon in this book. The author is a former journalist in the Swedish media world and has previously been Head of Communications at the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council.

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Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers , 2012. , 128 p.
Nord, ISSN 0903-7004 ; 2012:008
Keyword [fi]
globalisaatio, kielet, Demokratia
Keyword [da]
Globalisering, Sprog, Demokrati
Keyword [is]
Hnattvæðing, Tungumál, Lýðræði
Keyword [no]
Globalisering, Språk, Demokrati
Research subject
Globalisation; Language; Democracy
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-2227DOI: 10.6027/Nord2012-008ISBN: 978-92-893-2404-5ISBN: 978-92-893-4132-5OAI: diva2:702612
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