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Multilingual Urban Scandinavia New Linguistic Practices Edited by: Pia Quist, Bente Ailin Svendsen

Paperback - 280 pages
07 Oct 2010
Multilingual Matters
234 x 156 (R8vo)


This book represents the diverse research being carried out on linguistic practices among adolescents in multilingual urban Scandinavia. With chapters analysing new linguistic practices, examining how these practices are perceived and discussing how their speakers construct their identities, the book gives an insight into the linguistic realities of young people in the 21st century.


A must for everybody who wants a full picture of ethnolectal structures and stylistic practices in Scandinavia - a volume full of new insights from empirical research.
Peter Auer, Freiburg University, Germany

This book is unique - a stimulating exposé of the latest research on new linguistic practices and developments in late modern urban contact zones in three comparable countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The authors succeed in presenting an interesting array of various analytical approaches for investigating the impact of migration, from the scrutiny of grammar to the exploration of the language of hip hop. A must read for those interested in multilingualism in the urban space.
Elizabeth Lanza, University of Oslo, Norway

Author Biography:

Pia Quist is Associate Professor at the Department of Scandinavian Research at University of Copenhagen. She has an MA in Nordic Philology and Political science, and a PhD in sociolinguistics. Her research interests include urban sociolinguistics, multilingualism, gender and language, and youth and language. She has published her research on multilingual practices in national and international journals and anthologies.; Bente Ailin Svendsen is Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo. She has carried out research on second language acquisition, multilingualism among migrant children and adults, and language use and identity constructions among adolescents in multilingual urban contexts. Her work has previously appeared in the International Journal of Bilingualism, and one of her articles on multilingualism won the Norwegian Language Award 2009.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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