[lg policy] bibitem: Managing multilingualism in a European nation-state: challenges for Sweden

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 5 19:16:03 UTC 2011

Managing multilingualism in a European nation-state: challenges for Sweden

Sally Boyd, Leena Marjatta Huss

Multilingual Matters, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 86 pages

This text analyzes recent shifts in Swedish language policy. Special
focus is given to the complex relationships of the Swedish language to
both English and to indigenous and immigrant minority languages in
Sweden. Key issues addressed include the current debate concerning
Sweden's official majority and minority languages; the position of
immigrant and indigenous languages in the Swedish school system, the
influence of the spread of English on the use of Swedish, particularly
in writing; and the role of Swedish within the European Union. The
contributions synthesize research on the status of languages currently
used in Sweden as well as policy initiatives, and taken together the
papers accurately present the many sides of the complex debate taking
place there. While this book focuses on one country's struggle for
multilingualism, the issues presented here are highly relevant and
accessible to all readers interested in linguistic rights and language


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