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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós


Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.


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Catrin NORRBY, Camilla WIDE, Jan LINDSTRÖM, Jenny NILSSON: Finland-Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish – extending the scope to pragmaticand interactional aspects


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Pic- ture. In memory of Prof. Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 49-62. Catrin NORRBY Camilla WIDE (Stockholm University, Sweden) ( (University of Turku, Finland) Jan LINDSTRÖM Jenny NILSSON (University of Helsinki, Finland) (Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg, Sweden) Finland-Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish – extending the scope to pragmatic and interactional aspects1 Abstract This chapter gives an overview of Finland-Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish. The first part outlines the status and position of Swedish in Finland and documents research on Finland-Swedish. We present this body of work with reference to work on Finland-Swedish status- and corpus planning. While there is an impressive body of work on the phonological, lexical, morphological and syntactic characteristics of Finland-Swedish, much less attention has been paid to the pragmatic and interactional aspects of Finland-Swedish vis-à-vis Sweden-Swedish. With the exception of a few studies on politeness strategies, address and greeting practices, no systematic investigation of communicative pat- terns in the two Swedish varieties has been undertaken. The second part presents our methodological framework for such an investigation, and present preliminary results from a pilot study on openings in institu- tional telephone conversations in the respective national variety. These results suggest that there are systematic differences which warrant fur- ther investigation. 1. Introduction – scope of the chapter The aim of this chapter is twofold. First, we give an...

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