Narratives of language use in new multilingual Sweden – a longitudinal study based on adult migrant’s experiences

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2019
Funding: 3150000 SEK


Due to globalisation and the significant increase of immigration in
recent years, Sweden has become a multilingual country. These changes
have transformed society and also the way people are using languages in
everyday life. More and more people speak a Swedish which they have
learned in adulthood and most of them also communicate in one or several
other languages. The purpose of this project is to investigate how
migrants who have come to Sweden as adults experience language use and
how they relate to their different linguistic resources. Building on
material collected with ethnographic methods, the project will
investigate the linguistic repertoires and language trajectories of six
persons with different social and ethnic background covering a period of
fifteen years.
The two universities I would like to
collaborate with are Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Universidad
Autónoma de Madrid, which have built up a very interesting research
environment in sociolinguistics with an international team working on
multilingual matters related to migration in Spain, Ireland, United
Kingdom and Canada. In that way, I will take part of the expertise that
is needed to push the project in a direction where it better could
investigate of the complexity in today’s multilingual society and
produce knowledge that is useful for policy and curricula issues related
to second language education.

Last updated on 2017-06-10 at 09:32