Language crashes and shifting orientations : the construction and negotiation of linguistic value in bilingual school spaces in Finland and Sweden

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From , T & Holm , G 2019 , ' Language crashes and shifting orientations : the construction and negotiation of linguistic value in bilingual school spaces in Finland and Sweden ' , Language and Education , vol. 33 , no. 3 , pp. 195-210 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2018.1514045

Title: Language crashes and shifting orientations : the construction and negotiation of linguistic value in bilingual school spaces in Finland and Sweden
Author: From, Tuuli; Holm, Gunilla
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2019-05-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Language and Education
ISSN: 0950-0782
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317094
Abstract: This article analyses the construction of linguistic value and recognition of linguistic resources in educational spaces in Finland, where Swedish is the second national language and in Sweden, where Finnish is one of five official minority languages. Drawing on ethnographic methods, critically informed notions of language policy and spatial theorisation, we argue that linguistic hierarchies created through language and education policies manifest themselves in the discursive construction of linguistic value in the everyday educational spaces. In Finland, the strong societal and political status of Swedish and the monolingual school institutions enable the recognition of language as a right and a resource but potentially present linguistic diversity as a problem within those spaces. In Sweden, the historical traces of a problem orientation towards Finnish language remain, despite the aimed improvements in educational language rights and the shifting orientation on Finnish being recognised as a resource in the market-oriented educational system. Pupils in both countries mostly considered language as a communicative resource in their everyday social spaces but the negotiation of the societal value of language and bilingualism was rather controversial. Discussing linguistic disadvantage in relation to educational spaces will bring new perspectives to language and minority policies in linguistically diverse societies.
Subject: Ethnography
Finnish
language policy and planning
minority language
Swedish
POLICY
DISCOURSE
FINNISH
516 Educational sciences
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