Local majority and minority languages and English in the university : The University of Helsinki in a Nordic comparison

Show full item record



Permalink

http://hdl.handle.net/10138/153405

Citation

Lindström , J K & Sylvin , J C 2014 , Local majority and minority languages and English in the university : The University of Helsinki in a Nordic comparison . in A K Hultgren , F Gregersen & J Thögersen (eds) , English in Nordic universities : Ideologies and practices . 1 edn , vol. 5 , 7 , Studies in World Language Problems , vol. 5 , John Benjamins , Amsterdam , pp. 147-164 . https://doi.org/10.1075/wlp.5.07lin

Title: Local majority and minority languages and English in the university : The University of Helsinki in a Nordic comparison
Author: Lindström, Jan Krister; Sylvin, Jenny Christina
Editor: Hultgren, Anna Kristina; Gregersen, Frans; Thögersen, Jacob
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Publisher: John Benjamins
Date: 2014-11-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: English in Nordic universities Ideologies and practices
Belongs to series: Studies in World Language Problems
ISBN: 978 90 272 2836 9
978 90 272 6959 1
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/153405
Abstract: This study explores the usage and demand for local languages and English in a range of universities in Nordic countries. The University of Helsinki is in focus because of its bilingual status with two national languages, which have an official but not an equal position in practice. This research site was compared with five other universities working on a unilingual or multilingual basis. The study reveals tensions between official language policies and grassroots practices; language choice also creates tensions between national and global sciences. While official language policies may be soft steering instruments, they safeguard the presence of a non-default language. However, the increasing presence of English challenges traditional university language policies, calling for a reevaluation of them.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Language policy, Language practices, Language ideologies, Bilingual university
Rights:


Files in this item

Total number of downloads: Loading...

Files Size Format View
Local_majority_ ... lish_in_the_university.pdf 168.2Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record