In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós
Edited By Rudolf Muhr
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) (firstname.lastname@example.org) email@example.com (University of Turku, Finland) Jan LINDSTRÖM Jenny NILSSON (University of Helsinki, Finland) firstname.lastname@example.org (Institute for Language and Folklore, Gothenburg, Sweden) Jenny.Nilsson@sofi.se 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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