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Laddade ord: Hur nya uttryck, som kategoriserar människor, tas in isvenskan
Stockholms universitet.
2014 (Swedish)In: Språk & Stil, ISSN 1101-1165, Vol. 24, 72-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study treats three language-planning actions in Sweden during 1990–2010, concerning expressions categorizing human beings. The expressions are person med intellektuell funktionsnedsättning ʻperson with intellectual impairment’, rom ʻRom’ and hbt-person ʻLGBT person’. The study is conducted within the framework of discourse analysis. Data comprise interviews, legal documents, information texts and minutes. The methodology includes analysis in three layers: intratextual, agent and transtextual. The following units are extracted: metalinguistic propositions about the new expressions, agents involved, what power can be attributed to these agents, media used, and the sociopolitical context influencing the processes. A pattern for common features of the three language-planning actions is proposed. According to this pattern, the process starts with dissatisfaction with an existing linguistic expression and a wish for change. The dissatisfaction originates from a mismatch between the linguistic expression and the concept it is supposed to name. This mismatch in turn can be traced to ideological change in society. Agents leading language-planning possess political power, or communicate with that power. The new expressions are spread by people in politics and administration, as well as by mass media.

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2014. Vol. 24, 72-100 p.
Keyword [en]
language planning, language and power, discourse analysis, discrimination, person with intellectual impairment, disability, Rom, LGBT, Swedish
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248721OAI: diva2:800919
Available from: 2015-04-08 Created: 2015-04-08 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved

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