Josefina Eliaso Magnusson


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Works at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D
Postal address Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet 106 91 Stockholm

About me

PhD student Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism


PhD project

An ethnography of language use and identity construction among multilingual young adults in two different cities in Sweden. A longitudinal ethnographic study that focuses on how the participants reflect their time in school and their transition from school/higher education to working life. 

Projects (20%)

Sociocultural change and language use (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, 2007–2010; part of the research program High-level Proficiency in Second Language Use, 2006–2011).


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2015. Josefina Eliaso Magnusson. Nordand (1), 7-28
  • 2012. Josefina Eliaso Magnusson, Christopher Stroud. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 34 (2), 321-345

    High-proficiency second language (L2) learners challenge much theory and methodology in contemporary sociolinguistic and L2 acquisition research, which suggests the need for honest interdisciplinarity when working in the interstices of style, stylization, and advanced acquisition processes. When to consider fluent and highly competent speakers of a language to be language learners in ways relevant to SLA theory is a fraught and contentious issue. This study suggests that highly fluent multilinguals provide key data on notions of nativelikeness and near-nativelikeness that are of value for understanding processes of acquisition and use. It suggests that relative judgments of nativelikeness are interactionally accomplished (membership) categorizations made on the basis of specific linguistic features relative to particular linguistic markets. The data for the study are taken from a unique population-namely, young people from multilingual family backgrounds, born and raised in Sweden, all of whom ethnically self-identify as Assyrian-Syrian but whose repertoires are complexly multilingual. All participants are generally perceived to be native speakers of Swedish on a daily basis. Nevertheless, at certain moments, these young people are reclassified as near-native or native-like. The study analyzes their narrative accounts of metalinguistic reflexivity from occasions and interactional moments when they are classified as nonstandard speakers and, therefore, near-natives or learners. The findings suggest the necessity of revisiting notions of nativelikeness and account for the phenomenon in terms of register, voice, and identity relative to different symbolic and linguistic markets.

  • 2010. Josefina Eliaso Magnusson. Flerspråkighet, identitet och lärande, 79-94
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Last updated: May 27, 2019

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