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Simo Määttä; Tuija Kinnunen – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2024
This article examines verbal and non-verbal communication between the interpreter and the injured party in a video-recorded main hearing of a criminal matter at a court of first instance in Finland. The language of the court was Finnish and the interpreter and injured party communicated in French, the interpreter's B language and the injured…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Courts, Translation, Speech Communication
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Angouri, Jo; Humonen, Kristina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
The paper explores the "in situ" negotiation of in/exclusion in and through language in a multilingual professional setting, paying special attention to the relationship between language and space. We argue that multilingual practices and material space are co-constitutive; individuals enact group membership and professional roles…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Work Environment, Language Usage, Sociolinguistics
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Bull, Tove; Huss, Leena; Lindgren, Anna-Riitta – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
The research question of the present paper is the following: to what degree (if any) is gender relevant as an explanatory factor in, firstly, the process of assimilation and later, the process of (re)vitalisation of indigenous and minority languages in northern Fenno-Scandia (the North Calotte)? The assimilation of the ethnic groups in question…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Language Usage, Sociolinguistics, Language Minorities
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Hippi, Kaarina; Lehto, Liisa-Maria – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
This paper discusses how persons of multicultural backgrounds describe in interviews their everyday experiences when using Finnish. The focus is on categories of linguistic (non)belonging described in interview interactions. The data consist of 23 single and pair interviews of 33 informants in total and come from two interview datasets. Data are…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Pluralism, Finno Ugric Languages, Language Usage
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Vorobeva, Polina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
During the past decade, the field of family language policy has broadened its scope and turned its attention to diverse family configurations in versatile sociolinguistic contexts. The current study contributes to this endeavor by focusing on two single-parent families who live in Finland and who strive to support Russian as a family language.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, One Parent Family, Language Usage, Family Environment
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From, Tuuli – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2020
Institutional education traditionally entails a premise of language separation. This article aims to analyse language management through spatial ideologies and practices as interconnected manifestations of language policies. Informed by post-structural theorisation, the analysis draws on ethnographic data produced at a co-located campus of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Schools, Language Planning, Finno Ugric Languages, Swedish
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Kankaanranta, Anne; Karhunen, Päivi; Louhiala-Salminen, Leena – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2018
This conceptual paper advances the notion of "English as corporate language" in the multilingual reality of multinational companies (MNC) with novel insights from the English as lingua franca (ELF) paradigm of sociolinguistics. Inspired by Goffman, Erving. 1959. "The presentation of self in everyday life." New York: Doubleday.…
Descriptors: Corporations, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Native Speakers
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Almér, Elin – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The aim of this article is to describe young children's beliefs about language and bilingualism as they are expressed in verbal utterances. The data is from Swedish-medium preschool units in three different sites in Finland. It was generated through ethnographic observations and recordings of the author's interactions with the children. The…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Language Usage, Swedish, Language of Instruction
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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This special issue has as its focus the agency of young children in relation to language policy and practice in bi- and multilingual preschools in Finland and Sweden. Studies of language policy in practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in these two countries can be particularly relevant even to those in other contexts, because they…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Bilingual Education, Language of Instruction
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Bergroth, Mari; Palviainen, Åsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
The current study examines bilingual children as language policy agents in the interplay between official language policy and education policy at three Swedish-medium preschools in Finland. For this purpose we monitored nine Finnish-Swedish bilingual children aged 3 to 5 years for 18 months. The preschools were located in three different parts of…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Swedish, Language of Instruction, Preschool Children
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Kultti, Anne; Pramling, Niklas – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In the present study we investigate empirically how six to seven-year-old children with their teachers take on the challenge of translating the lyrics of a children's song from Finnish to English, analyzing how translation is collaboratively constituted by the participants. The study is informed by translanguaging theory and a sociocultural…
Descriptors: Translation, Bilingualism, Metalinguistics, Music
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Strömmer, Maiju – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This paper examines opportunities for language learning in a cleaning job, which is a typical entry-level job for immigrants. An ethnographic case study approach is taken to investigate examples of the conditions that allow or prevent language learning for the focal participant, a sub-Saharan man who works as a cleaner in Finland. This case…
Descriptors: Affordances, Barriers, Second Language Learning, Immigrants
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Koskela, Merja; Pilke, Nina – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
This article explores how linguistic resources from two local languages, Finnish and Swedish, are used in expert presentations in bilingual formal meetings and how they function with respect to the three ideal criteria of professional communication: economy, efficiency, and precision. Based on the results, the article suggests a typology of…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Meetings, Swedish, Finno Ugric Languages
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McLaughlin, Mireille – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
The "multilingual turn" brings questions of language ownership to the forefront of debates about linguistic minority governance. Acadian minority cultural producers construct language ownership using multiple languages and targeting multilingual publics, but use ideologies of monolingualism to situate Acadian authenticity in place and…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Multilingualism, Governance, Monolingualism
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Dlaske, Kati – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2016
Volunteer tourism is one of the latest branches of the ever expanding globalised tourism. The initiative Workaway, an expression of this trend, was established in the late 90s with the aim of promoting "cultural understanding between different peoples and lands throughout the world". The figure of the workawayer as a new cosmopolitan…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Volunteers, Tourism
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