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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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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
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Negretti, Raffaella; Garcia-Yeste, Miguel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
Research on the role of language in multilingual workplaces, where English is often adopted as a lingua franca (ELF), shows that language practices influence socialization and interpersonal communication, frequently creating issues such as asymmetrical sharing of information, language clusters, or thin communication. Similarly to other…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Work Environment
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Kheirkhah, Mina; Cekaite, Asta – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2015
The present study explores language socialization patterns in a Persian-Kurdish family in Sweden and examines how "one-parent, one-language" family language policies are instantiated and negotiated in parent-child interactions. The data consist of video-recordings and ethnographic observations of family interactions, as well as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance, Indo European Languages, Immigrants
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Angouri, Jo; Miglbauer, Marlene – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2014
In multinational corporate companies, multilingualism is often a daily reality for employees and the negotiation of language practices for work and social purposes, a routine. Despite the role of English as a lingua franca, the linguistic ecology of modern workplaces is dynamic, rich and diverse. While English is often used for communication…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Multilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Kuteeva, Maria; McGrath, Lisa – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2014
We investigate the current position of English in the language ecology of Swedish academia, with a special focus on the humanities. Semi-structured interviews with 15 informants from the fields of Anthropology, General Linguistics and History were carried out to explore how non-native speakers of English experience using academic English in their…
Descriptors: Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Humanities
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Jansson, Gunilla – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2014
The present case study demonstrates how the multilingual practices of a linguistically diverse workforce contribute to the functioning of a modern workplace. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and recordings in a residential home for elderly people with dementia in Sweden, the article explores how multilingual immigrant care workers creatively use…
Descriptors: Barriers, Multilingualism, Empathy, Efficiency
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Nelson, Marie – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2014
This paper draws on the KINSA project (The Communicative Situation of Immigrants at Swedish Workplaces), which aimed to identify communicative factors that have a positive impact on the integration of second language speakers in the workplace and in their immediate work team. The focus here is on humour and swearing as strategies for doing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multilingualism, Work Environment, Metalinguistics
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Björkman, Beyza – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2014
This article presents an analysis and interpretation of language policy documents from eight Swedish universities with regard to intertextuality, authorship and content analysis of the notions of language practices and English as a lingua franca (ELF). The analysis is then linked to Spolsky's framework of language policy, namely language…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Swedish, Language Planning, English (Second Language)
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Tryggvason, Marja-Terttu; Tulviste, Tiia; De Geer, Boel – Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 2008
The present study compares preschool children in Finland, Estonia and Sweden regarding linguistic structures with which children in dyads elicited talk from each other in a naturalistic play activity. Nineteen Finnish (mean age 5.1), 19 Estonian (mean age 5.4) and 17 Swedish (mean age 5.1) same-sex pairs were video-recorded by a native researcher.…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries