Linguistic practices and language attitudes among school children and youth

Responsible researcher: Marja-Leena Sorjonen, University of Helsinki

Researchers in CALS: Mia Halonen

Funding and duration: Academy of Finland 2009-2012

Youth and children are often the most innovative language users and the pioneers of changes in linguistic practices. In this project the focus was on Finnish sixth-graders (12 year olds) in an urban multiethnic and multilingual area of Helsinki. The data consisted of school ethnography and a Finnish language proficiency test as well as a language attitude or linguistic perception test gathered in years 2006 and 2009. The research had several foci and it connected to various research areas and projects. Project was part of a larger research project: Helsinki Finnish: Diversity, social identity and language attitudes in an urban attitude (2009–2011).

Co-participants and connections, see:

Nordic Literacies
Languages and Discources in Social Media
3M – Identities in Motion