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Monolingual or bilingual schools in bilingual Finland? – Analysis of a newspaper debate during the fall of 2011

Författare och institution:
Sally Boyd (Institutionen för filosofi, lingvistik och vetenskapsteori); Åsa Palviainen (-)
Publicerad i:
Nordic interdisciplinary conference on discourse and interaction (Nordisco 2012),
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Monolingual or bilingual schools in bilingual Finland? – analysis of a newspaper debate during the fall of 2011 Sally Boyd & Åsa Palviainen On September 11, 2011, the former spokesperson for the Swedish Green Party, Maria Wetterstrand, was interviewed in Finlands major Swedish newspaper Huvudstadsbladet about her new public role as independent political debater as well as her private life as spouse of a minister in the Finnish government and parent of two children, enrolled in Swedish daycare and school in Helsinki. Her comment during the interview that ”it’s too bad that Finland doesn’t have bilingual schools”, provides a striking headline for the article and this in turn leads to a lively debate about the idea of introducing bilingual schools for Finnish children. (Currently, there are two separate school systems at all levels – one Swedish-medium and one Finnish-medium.) The debate changes direction after an opinion poll about the question was initiated by Helsingin Sanomat, among parents of school-aged children in Helsinki. This paper examines the debate that ensued in the capital’s two major newspapers, Huvudstadsbladet and Helsingin Sanomat, using nexus analysis (Scollon & Scollon 2004). We analyse the participants, discourse cycles and trajectories circulating through the nexus of debating school forms for Finnish children. We look in particular at the social and educational goals expressed implicitly or explicitly by the participants, the means they see to achieve them as well as the argumentation and figurative language used to support these views. In order to understand the individual actions, the debate is situated in a broader historical perspective of the ongoing negotiation of roles for different individuals and groups (and their languages) in Finnish society. We contextualize the debate in officially bilingual Finland against a backdrop of increasing European and global ”superdiversity” (Blommaert & Rampton ms).
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Språk och litteratur ->
Jämförande språkvetenskap och lingvistik ->
Språk och litteratur ->
Jämförande språkvetenskap och lingvistik ->
language policy, bilingual schools, Finland, discourse analysis
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Posten skapad:
2012-12-11 15:06
Posten ändrad:
2013-01-29 13:51

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