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Attitudes and Use of English in Swedish Society - a survey of preferences and actual use
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Many would agree that English has become a global language that has spread all over the world. English has been the primary foreign language in the Swedish school curriculum since the Second World War and most Swedes have some English language proficiency. Today, Swedes are not only subjected to English in school, but also come across English every day in media, in the streets or at work.

A number of studies have been done on how Swedish students use English and of their attitudes towards it, but not much on how Swedes that are no longer under school influence view the matter. This study has examined the attitudes and preferences towards English among 60 adults. Most of them have a positive attitude towards English and believe that the use of English in Sweden will increase in the future. Even so, they show little concern that English might be a future threat towards Swedish.

Both men and women find media as their primary source of English influence and there was only one minor difference to be noted when comparing attitudes between different age groups. The older female informants reported to use less English and have lower skills than the rest. No such trend was seen among the men belonging to the same age group. Besides this, some interesting gender differences were seen. The female informants reported to have a stronger preference for British English and the male informants showed preference for American English. These gender differences would be interesting to study further.

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2010. , p. 51
Keywords [en]
British English, American English, Mid-Atlantic English, varieties, attitude, language, linguistics
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-6227Archive number: HEE:C10:2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-6227DiVA, id: diva2:284765
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Available from: 2010-04-15 Created: 2010-01-08 Last updated: 2010-04-15Bibliographically approved

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