Joint attention and cooperation in the Swedish of adolescents in multilingual settings: the use of sån 'such' and såhär 'like'.

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This article describes the use of the Swedish sån 'such' and såhär 'like', respectively, as a means to establish joint attention and cooperation among adolescents in multilingual settings. In the south of Sweden, in the city of Malmö, sån 'such' is used, primarily, as a determiner, and also a focus marker. In contrast, adolescents in Stockholm (approximately 600 kilometres north of Malmö) make frequent use of såhär 'like' as a focus marker. However, there is no corresponding development into a determiner. The two expressions have overlapping meaning and function. They both serve to direct the hearer's attention to a linguistic expression. Simultaneously, sån and såhär may function as an appeal to the hearer to co-construct a referent that is being introduced by the following expression.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature


  • determiners, adolescents, multilingualism, joint attention, cooperation, focus markers, Stockholm, Malmö
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthnic Styles of Speaking in European Metropolitan Areas
EditorsFriedrike Kern, Margret Selting
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 8253 8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)