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Shaping the climate for language shift? English in Sweden's elite domains

Berg, E C; Hult, Francis LU and King, K A (2001) In World Englishes 20(3). p.305-319
Abstract
This paper investigates how & to what degree English is used in specific elite domains in Sweden through analysis of (1) language requirements to participate in undergraduate & graduate programs at competitive institutions, & (2) language qualifications & language use patterns in elite professions. We find that English is used pervasively, but not exclusively. The paper also explores to what extent these language use patterns in elite domains suggest that a language shift toward English in Sweden might take place in the future. Although our data indicate that functional dominance of English is far from complete, we argue the fact that because English holds a prominent position in certain elite domains, it might be... (More)
This paper investigates how & to what degree English is used in specific elite domains in Sweden through analysis of (1) language requirements to participate in undergraduate & graduate programs at competitive institutions, & (2) language qualifications & language use patterns in elite professions. We find that English is used pervasively, but not exclusively. The paper also explores to what extent these language use patterns in elite domains suggest that a language shift toward English in Sweden might take place in the future. Although our data indicate that functional dominance of English is far from complete, we argue the fact that because English holds a prominent position in certain elite domains, it might be significant in influencing language ideology. Furthermore, whereas Sweden cannot presently be characterized as a nation undergoing language shift, the high status of English as the language of international communication & its significance as an important channel of communication in many elite domains are possibly important factors in shaping the climate for language use patterns of the coming decades. (Less)
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English, language shift, diglossia, Swedish
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World Englishes
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20
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3
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305 - 319
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0883-2919
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10.1111/1467-971X.00217
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English
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  abstract     = {This paper investigates how & to what degree English is used in specific elite domains in Sweden through analysis of (1) language requirements to participate in undergraduate & graduate programs at competitive institutions, & (2) language qualifications & language use patterns in elite professions. We find that English is used pervasively, but not exclusively. The paper also explores to what extent these language use patterns in elite domains suggest that a language shift toward English in Sweden might take place in the future. Although our data indicate that functional dominance of English is far from complete, we argue the fact that because English holds a prominent position in certain elite domains, it might be significant in influencing language ideology. Furthermore, whereas Sweden cannot presently be characterized as a nation undergoing language shift, the high status of English as the language of international communication & its significance as an important channel of communication in many elite domains are possibly important factors in shaping the climate for language use patterns of the coming decades.},
  author       = {Berg, E C and Hult, Francis and King, K A},
  issn         = {0883-2919},
  keyword      = {English,language shift,diglossia,Swedish},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {305--319},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {World Englishes},
  title        = {Shaping the climate for language shift? English in Sweden's elite domains},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-971X.00217},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2001},
}