Swedish as the Uniting Language?

Svenska som enhetsspråk

NATION, ECONOMY AND MULTICULTURALISM IN TODAY’S SWEDISH SCHOOLS

This project consists of two studies:

A comprehensive contemporary historical study of language policy on a central level, based primarily on argument analysis and documents.

An interview study examining how school leaders and school politicians interpret social language planning principles as well as how they, against the background of these principles, relate to the use of Swedish and other languages in the public school’s everyday operations.

By examining the planning of and perspectives on language use on the local level, we gain knowledge about how public school policy and the school itself respond to the comprehensive social and cultural changes that immigration and the growing linguistic diversity in Sweden have brought about.

The main question is how school leaders and school politicians relate to such language ideological positions, and how they handle language issues in their daily work.

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