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Larsson, Karolina; Björk-Willén, Polly; Haraldsson, Katarina; Hansson, Kristina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
This paper highlights a current phenomenon reported from preschools placed in multilingual areas in Sweden, namely that some preschoolers with mutually different language backgrounds sometimes use English as lingua franca instead of Swedish during play. The data stems from a study of language environments in Swedish preschools situated in both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Official Languages, Language Role
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Puskás, Tünde; Björk-Willén, Polly – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This article explores dilemmatic aspects of language policies in a preschool group in which three languages (Swedish, Romani and Arabic) are spoken on an everyday basis. The article highlights the interplay between policy decisions on the societal level, the teachers' interpretations of these policies, as well as language practices on the micro…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Language Usage, Ethnography