Different languages, one mission? : Outcomes of language policies in a multilingual university context

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies en
dc.contributor.author Lindström, Jan Krister
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-21T11:50:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-21T11:50:01Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-10
dc.identifier.citation Lindström , J K 2012 , ' Different languages, one mission? Outcomes of language policies in a multilingual university context ' , International Journal of the Sociology of Language , vol. Language and the International University , no. 216 , pp. 33-54 . https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2012-0038 en
dc.identifier.issn 0165-2516
dc.identifier.other PURE: 23205665
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: b0ea203c-bc3a-4c97-8a17-4c9f4c6e6ae0
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84867941732
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-7849-3816/work/29507119
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/36902
dc.description.abstract Language policies and the management of national and international multilingualism have always concerned educational institutions. Many modern European universities are facing the challenge of paying attention to regional multilingualism, which may involve majority and minority languages, at the same time when the market for higher education demands investment in widely used world languages. This article reports an analysis of outcomes of university language policies, as they are experienced at the grass-roots level by students and staff. The bilingual University of Helsinki in Finland serves as an example of an institution that must deal with national languages (Finnish and Swedish), of which one is in a minority position, as well as with English as the main language of internationalization. The analysis reveals tensions between overt and covert policies and discusses motivations for the policies and their impact. Focus group discussions with students and staff are analyzed to measure the participants’ capacities, opportunities and desires to use a language in the university setting. The heterogeneity of a multilingual university is reflected by the different priorities and needs which members of different language groups expressed regarding language policies and practices. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of the Sociology of Language
dc.relation.uri http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/ijsl.2012.2012.issue-216/issue-files/ijsl.2012.2012.issue-216.xml
dc.rights en
dc.subject 6121 Languages en
dc.subject language policy; multilingualism; internationalization; educational institutions; focus groups en
dc.title Different languages, one mission? : Outcomes of language policies in a multilingual university context en
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dc.description.version Non Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2012-0038
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/status/NonPeerReviewed

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