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

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Abstract

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.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Languages and Literature

Keywords

  • 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
Pages217-237
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 8253 8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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)