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Maria Löfdahl; Johan Järlehed; Daniel Wojahn; Tommaso M. Milani; Tove Rosendal; Helle Lykke Nielsen – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2024
This paper examines the relationship between language, (in)visibility, and (im)mobility in racialized spaces, focusing on Finnish, Somali, and Arabic speakers in Sweden. Using a theoretical framework based on hegemonic whiteness and intersectionality, the study explores how multilingual practices and subjectivities intersect with race, religion,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Mobility, Racial Relations, Multilingualism
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Hyeseung Jeong; Stephanie Lindemann – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2024
Research has suggested that Swedish higher education institutions' (HEIs') language policies may exclude some academic staff from work-related activities due to (dual) monolingual ideologies requiring one language at a time. This study, based on the analysis of twenty-one language policy texts, investigates HEIs' policies using a lens of inclusion…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, College Faculty
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Wadensjö, Cecilia; Rehnberg, Hanna Sofia; Nikolaidou, Zoe – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
The aim of this study is to demonstrate how the presence of an emerging written record may affect the content of an asylum narrative, based on which a decision concerning the asylum claimant's right to receive protection eventually is taken. The lion's share of studies on interpreter-mediated asylum interviews to date focus on risks involved with…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Refugees, Decision Making, Translation
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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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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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Christina Hedman; Ulrika Magnusson – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2023
This paper explores the role of collaborative teacher agency in facilitating translingual adjustments in a linguistically diverse primary school in Sweden. We focus on three multicompetent language teachers, who taught minoritized languages in the marginalized Mother Tongue (MT) subject, Modern Languages, and offered Multilingual Study Mentoring.…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Multilingualism, Native Language, Elementary School Students
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Wedin, Åsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2022
This article investigates to what extent spaces created in the language introduction programme (LIP) in Upper Secondary School in Sweden close or open up for students' varied linguistic resources, to create an understanding of the implementational spaces of the educational environments that the school represents, and of the ideological…
Descriptors: Ideology, Language Usage, Secondary School Students, Educational Environment
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Ericsson, Stina; Bitar, Dima; Milani, Tommaso – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2022
This article concerns knowledge negotiations as an aspect of interactional power in three-way interaction between Arabic-speaking women, Swedish-speaking midwives and interpreters in Swedish antenatal care. The notion of epistemic stance is used to investigate how all three participants negotiate knowledge, and how this affects the ongoing…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Power Structure, Obstetrics, Knowledge Level
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Norlund Shaswar, Annika – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2022
International mobility has caused a need for language education where adults can learn the language(s) used in their new country. In Sweden, the language programme SFI (Swedish for immigrants) provides basic second language education for adult immigrants. For those learners who are not yet functionally literate, basic literacy education is…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Code Switching (Language), Discourse Analysis
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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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Jansson, Gunilla; Wadensjö, Cecilia; Plejert, Charlotta – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
Troubles-telling and complaints are common in contexts of care for older people and need to be managed by care staff in a respectful manner. This paper examines the handling of an older person's complaints in multilingual care encounters that involve participants who do not share a common language. The data consist of video-recordings and…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Older Adults, Video Technology, Ethnography
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Cekaite, Asta; Evaldsson, Ann-Carita – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
In this study we argue that a focus on language learning ecologies, that is, situations for participation in various communicative practices, can shed light on the intricate processes through which minority children develop or are constrained from acquiring cultural and linguistic competencies (here, of a majority language). The analysis draws on…
Descriptors: Play, Multilingualism, Preschool Education, Second Language Learning
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Martín-Bylund, Anna – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
What are the material-semiotic relationships between a language policy and a table game activity in a bilingual preschool? Using Actor-Network Theory (ANT), the aim of this article is to explore this question, working with both human and nonhuman aspects of the activity, symmetrically, at the same level. The game playing activity takes place at a…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, Preschool Children
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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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Boyd, Sally; Huss, Leena; Ottesjö, Cajsa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2017
This paper presents results from an ethnographic study of language policy as it is enacted in everyday interaction in two language profile preschools in Sweden with explicit monolingual language policies: English and Finnish, respectively. However, in both preschools, children are free to choose language or code alternate. The study shows how…
Descriptors: Profiles, Preschool Children, Educational Policy, Code Switching (Language)
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