People in the Nordic states – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland – rank as among the most proficient speakers of English in the world. In this unique volume, international experts explore how this came to be, what English usage and integration looks like in different spheres of society and the economy in these countries, and the implications of this linguistic phenomenon for language attitudes and identity, for the region at large, and for English in Europe and around the world. Led by Elizabeth Peterson and Kristy Beers Fägersten, contributors provide a historical overview to the subject, synthesize the latest research, illustrate the roles of English with original case studies from diverse communities and everyday settings, and offer transnational insights critically and in conversation with the situation in other Nordic states. This comprehensive text is the first book of its kind and will be of interest to advanced students and researchers of World/Global Englishes and English as a lingua franca, language contact and dialect studies/language varieties, language policy, multilingualism, sociolinguistics, and Nordic/Scandinavian and European studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

chapter 1|20 pages

English in the Nordic Countries

An introduction
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part I|104 pages

Background and critical perspectives

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chapter 4|19 pages

Anglicization of the languages of the Nordic countries

Popular culture and everyday discourse
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chapter 5|20 pages

Language contact and language change

Impact on the languages of the Nordic countries
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chapter 6|21 pages

Beyond threat or opportunity

English and language ideological tensions in the Nordic countries
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part II|116 pages

English in different settings

chapter 8|17 pages

English in the Nordic workplace

Practices, policies, and ideologies
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chapter 9|20 pages

English in Norway's multilingual North

A rhizomatic view on encounters with historical and transnational diversity
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chapter 11|23 pages

English in Nordic multilingual families

Couple and family language practices
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