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New book/chapter. Swedish on the Åland Islands: A non-dominant yet dominating variety

This study discusses the language situation in Åland in terms of language use, attitudes, identity and political circumstances. The result of a written pilot questionnaire about the Åland residents' everyday language use shows that the Swedish language has a remarkably strong position. Finland Swedish is a non-dominant variety, but in the case of Åland it is strikingly dominating.

The language situation on the Åland islands is special, if not unique. Åland, situated between Finland and Sweden in the Baltic Sea, is a Swedish-speaking autonomous province in Finland.

Finland has two national languages: Finnish and Swedish. The Swedish spoken in Finland, Finland Swedish, is the non-dominant variety of the pluricentric language Swedish. The Swedish-speaking population in Finland comprises about 5.3% of the total population. In Åland, however, Swedish is spoken by 88% of the inhabitants. A well-grounded estimate, from 2009, suggests that the number of mother tongue speakers of Swedish in Sweden is 85%.

Author: Marie Nelson
Title: Swedish on the Åland Islands: A non-dominant yet dominating variety
Language: English
Publisher: Peter Lang Verlag
Book title: Pluricentric Languages and Non-Dominant Varieties Worldwide: Pluricentric Languages across Continents – Features and Usage
Editors: Muhr, R., Ernesta Fonyuy, K., Ibrahim, Z., & Miller, C.
Place: Wien et. al.
Publication year: 2016
eISBN: 978-36-31694-33-6
Pages: 415–429
URL: www.peterlang.com/view/9783631694336/chapter27.xhtml

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