Article published in:Ethnic Styles of Speaking in European Metropolitan Areas
Edited by Friederike Kern and Margret Selting
[Studies in Language Variation 8] 2011
► pp. 217–237
Joint attention and cooperation in the Swedish of adolescents in multilingual settings
The use of sån ‘such’ and såhär ‘like’
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.
Published online: 22 December 2011
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Van Olmen, Daniël
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