Linus Salö

Linus Salö
Stockholm University | SU · Centre for Research on Bilingualism

PhD
https://www.su.se/english/profiles/lsal-1.188673

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor of Bilingualism at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, and a Researcher at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Central research foci and fields include: Language in society; sociolinguistics of science; linguistic anthropology; bi/multilingualism; university studies; science–society interaction.
Additional affiliations
January 2021 - present
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Position
  • Senior Researcher
January 2020 - present
Stockholm University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
July 2017 - December 2019
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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  • PostDoc Position
Education
November 2011 - April 2016
Stockholm University
Field of study
  • Bilingualism
August 2006 - August 2009
Umeå University
Field of study
  • Scandinavian Languages, Swedish Language Consultancy

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Publications (70)
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This paper investigates the sociolinguistic repertoire and writing practices of a Swedish computer science researcher and his first-time performance of unprecedented genres. Since the use of written computerese Swedish has no historical anchorage in the social practices of his discipline, texts-to-text relationships cannot be drawn from as models o...
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This paper adopts a Bourdieusian approach to discourse in contemporary Swedish academia. Habitus, entextualization, and translingual practice are employed as epistemological perspectives for investigating the place of Swedish in the text trajectories of two disciplines where English prevails in publishing. Data from meeting recordings, email corres...
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Recently, in the wake of the Bologna Declaration and similar international initiatives, there has been a rapid increase in the number of university courses and programmes taught through the medium of English. Surveys have consistently shown the Nordic countries to be at the forefront of this trend towards English-medium instruction (EMI). In this p...
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Humtank report 7
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Special Issue of International Journal of the Sociology of Language (275) https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/ijsl/2022/275/html
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This introductory article opens the thematic issue Spaces of Upset in the Nordic Region. It introduces the contributions of the issue, outlines the concepts that unite them, and discusses the sociolinguistic area in which they are set: the Nordic region. Centering on Denmark, Finland and Sweden, the article offers an overview of some of the socioli...
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This article explores upset reactions to purportedly deviant language use in the newsroom of the Swedish public service television company SVT. Adopting a historical gaze to contemporary struggles, it focuses on the news anchor Dina Haddad (an alias selected by me for the sake of anonymity) and the injurious, bigoted complaints she receives from de...
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This article utilizes Bourdieu's sociology to grasp the relations between linguistic practice and spatiality, and, through that effort, to position language as a pivotal terrain in internationalizing academe. Empirically, it explores Swedish academe and the linguistic practices of its dwellers: Swedish-speaking and non-Swedish-speaking researchers...
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In this chapter we examine the value held by national languages, here Swedish, in the scholarly career trajectories in non-Anglophone countries. To this end, we analyse the language policies of Swedish higher education institutions and the narrated perceptions of two international recruits. Adopting Pierre Bourdieu’s distinction between scientific...
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Ur Lingua 2/2021, Språklärarnas riksförbunds medlemstidning http://spraklararna.se/lingua/
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Contributing authors: Sverker Sörlin, Mats Benner, Tobias Dalberg, Per Wisselgren, Linnea Hanell, Fredrik Bertilsson, Sara Edenheim, Louise Bringselius, Ulrika Bjare, Eugenia Perez Vico & Björn Hammarfelt. https://www.dialogosforlag.se/bocker/samhallsfragor/humanvetenskapernas-verkningar.html
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Introduction and list of content, this book: https://www.dialogosforlag.se/bocker/samhallsfragor/humanvetenskapernas-verkningar.html
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This article presents an edited conversation between Kenneth Hyltenstam, Christopher Stroud, Linus Salö and David Karlander. Its main topic is the rise and consolidation of bilingualism research/multilingualism research as a demarcated subject area in Swedish academe. The article delves into this history via the professional, scholarly trajectories...
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This paper discusses symbolic violence in sociolinguistic research on multilingualism. It revisits an archived recording of a group discussion between four boys about their chances of having sex with a female researcher. The data is rife with symbolic violence. Most obviously, the conversation enacted a hetero-sexist form of symbolic violence. This...
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It has often been claimed that English has emerged as the lingua franca of teaching and research at universi- ties across the globe. This entry provides an overview of language use within higher education internationally, with a particular view to highlighting conditions within the human sciences—that is, the social sciences and the humanities. The...
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In this paper we examine the value held by national languages, here Swedish, in the scholarly career trajectories in non-Anglophone countries. To this end, we analyze the language policies of Swedish higher education institutions and the narrated perceptions of two international recruits. Adopting Pierre Bourdieu's distinction between scientific an...
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Jag har tidigare bloggat en del om akademisk kunskapsproduktion, ett ämne som ju omgärdas av en livaktig diskussion. Det kryllar också av böcker om akademiskt skrivande. Mer sällsynta är böcker om akademiskt läsande, och frågan om akademisk konsumtion verkar på motsvarande sätt vara tämligen oartikulerad.
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Det centrala mediet för vetenskaplig produktion har sedan länge varit text. Med tiden har särskilt tidskriftsartikeln blivit den dominerande skriftliga genren.
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Det finns ett uppenbart glapp mellan forskarvärldens globala diskussion på engelska och det nationella kunskapssamhället som, flerspråkighet till trots, uppbärs på och av svenska. En klok språkpolitik för högskolesektorn bygger på denna insikt, och planlägger om publiceringsspråk och undervisningsspråk på pragmatiska, ändamålsenliga vis.
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Språkpolitikbloggen, Institutet för språk och folkminnen
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Contribution to Transformative Humanities, with Fredrik Bertilsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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In the not-so-distant future, people in the rich parts of the world will see driverless cars, 'smart houses' controlled through 5G applications, and other new inventions, as part of their everyday lives. It will be evident that quite a bit of knowledge has gone into their development. Indeed, many things that surround us are the products of science...
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This paper presents Pierre Bourdieu's sociological gaze, agenda and toolkit to scholars of language, so as to offer a social theoretical framework within which sociolinguistic questions can be fruitfully investigated. It outlines Bourdieu's dual conception of social life and presents the key thinking tools-field and habitus-with which this dualism...
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For half a century or more, semilingualism has been a controversial-much debated and much derided-idea. The present paper engages with some facets of this history. It traces the formation and early circulation in its context of origin: Sweden's nascent fields of bilingualism research and minority education. The paper analyzes semilingualism as a 't...
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This essay deals with epistemic issues in language research, focusing particularly on the field of language planning and policy (LPP). It outlines Pierre Bourdieu's principle of epistemic reflexivity as a device for understanding what the view of the research object owes to the researcher's past and present position in social space. I hold that dev...
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This article investigates mother tongue instruction (MTI) in Sweden and Denmark in a historical, comparative perspective, with a view to accounting for key differences in language policy enacted in educational fields. Whereas in Sweden, MTI is offered to linguistic minority children irrespective of their linguistic and ethnic backgrounds, in Denmar...
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This article investigates mother tongue instruction (MTI) in Sweden and Denmark in a historical, comparative perspective, with a view to accounting for key differences in language policy enacted in educational fields. Whereas in Sweden, MTI is offered to linguistic minority children irrespective of their linguistic and ethnic backgrounds, in Denmar...
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Minor contribution to Biennial Report 2017–2018 Centre for Research on Bilingualism (Abrahamsson, ed.).
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Minor contributions to Defining Humanities (Sörlin, ed.).
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Contribution to TRANSFORMATIVE HUMANITIES, March 28.
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The dominance of English in scientific production raises issues in relation to certain responsibilities of Swedish universities, linked to the dissemination of knowledge and the development of the Swedish language. In light of this, the article deals with Swedish-language summaries (SLSs) in English-language doctoral theses. It treats the SLS as an...
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The dominance of English in scientific production raises issues in relation to certain responsibilities of Swedish universities, linked to the dissemination of knowledge and the development of the Swedish language. In light of this, the current paper deals with Swedish-language summaries (SLSs) in English-language doctoral theses. It treats the SLS...
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This chapter presents the first part of the empirical material drawn on in this book: historical data. It presents a historical sociolinguistics of science from the viewpoint of Swedish academic life. It begins by providing a broad historical description of language use in the early days of Swedish academic life. Subsequently, a more detailed accou...
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This chapter accounts for patterns in contemporary language use in publishing and focuses particularly on the effects of neoliberal research policies, which impinge upon the contemporary university field. This is done with a view to foregrounding recent trends in research management that define the preconditions for publishing practices in Swedish...
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This chapter presents the second part of the empirical material drawn on in this book: interview data. It presents interview accounts from professors and doctors in the two disciplinary fields of history and psychology. The chapter shows that the professors of each field behave academically in ways which align with the values of their respective fi...
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Worldwide, academic values and practices are currently undergoing a process of profound transformation, driven by new forms of global competitiveness, as well as new notions of accountability , productivity, and knowledge dissemination. This chapter introduces this issue and explicates its sociolinguistic relevance. It then introduces the question...
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This chapter discusses both sets of empirical data presented thus far. It discusses convergences and divergences between the two fields studied by foregrounding two axes of relationships. The first relationship pertains to disciplinary differences between the two fields, while the second relationship pertains to the hierarchies in each field that m...
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This chapter introduces the principles of Bourdieu’s relational sociology of science . The scientific field is depicted as a locus of struggle between agents with differing symbolic and material assets. This chapter accounts conceptually for the interests, strategies, and investments of those who act in scientific fields: Homo Academicus. It also m...
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‘A thoughtful study of the importance of language choice for making scholarly findings known to the world.’ — Dr Florian Coulmas, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany This book presents a sociolinguistics of academic publishing from an historical and contemporary perspective. Using Swedish academia as a case study, it focuses on publishing practi...
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The main argument of this chapter is that knowledge is a phenomenon to be understood in the intersection of discourse and action, and that entextualization (Bauman and Briggs 1990) mediates this relationship. Drawing on mediated discourse analysis (Scollon and Scollon 2004; Jones 2013), the chapter explores an online discussion forum thread used by...
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This study presents a sociolinguistics of academic publishing in historical as well as in contemporary times. From the perspective of Swedish academia, it unites a wide range of scholarly knowledge, including perspectives from the sociology of science, history of science and ideas, and research policy. The study focuses on publishing practices in t...
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This study presents a sociolinguistics of academic publishing in historical as well as in contemporary times. From the perspective of Swedish academia, it unites a wide range of scholarly knowledge, including perspectives from the sociology of science, history of science and ideas, and research policy. The study focuses on publishing practices in t...
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This is a pre-peer review version which was later published under the title Nine Months of Entextualizations (in: Kerfoot, Caroline, and Hyltenstam,Kenneth, eds. 2017. Entangled Discourses: South-North Orders of Visibility, 154–70. New York: Routledge.)
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This chapter presents a sociological account of the language ideological representations underpinning discourses about perceived threats from English in Sweden. The objective is to contextualize the conceptual history of “domain loss” within Sweden’s field of language planning, in conjunction with crossing discourses about minority languages and EU...
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Detta bidrag framställer det svenska språkvårdsfältets diskurser om engelska, och begreppet domänförlusts framväxt som del i etableringen av en nationell språkpolitik i Sverige. Genomgången visar hur tonvikten gått från lånord mot frågor om svenskans position och status, med svengelska som representation för den förra diskursen och domänförlust för...
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Den här studien handlar om hur medborgare tillgodogör sig samhällsinformation på kommuners webbplatser. Syftet med studien är att visa hur tre småbarnsföräldrar lyckas finna och förstå kommunwebbplatsers information om regler och avgifter i förskolan. Fokus ligger på två nivåer: på språket och på strukturen. De tre informanter som deltar i studien...

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Funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS), this project explores the sociolinguistics of multilingualism in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The original application was titled ”Contact zones in the Nordic countries: multilingualism, mobility, and diversifying diversity”, and included scholars from the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Copenhagen and Stockholm University. Responding to the goals of the project, workshops were organized (2017–2020) in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Jyväskylä, engaging the following invited discussants and plenary speakers: Professor Karel Arnaut, Professor Monica Heller and Professor Brigitta Busch. Insights gained through that work materialized eventually in a special issue — ”Spaces of upset in the Nordic region: Sociolinguistics beyond cohesion and consensus in Denmark, Finland, and Sweden” — to appear in the May issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language (no 275, edited by Salö, Karlander, Leppänen & Westinen). The following scholars were included in the original application. From the University of Jyväskylä team: Sirpa Leppänen (grant holder) Samu Kytölä, Elina Westinen, Saija Peuronen, Piia Jäntti, and Sonya Sahradyan. From the University of Copenhagen team: Janus Spindler Møller, Martha Karrebæk, Lian Malai Madsen Andreas Stæhr, Thomas Rørbeck Nørreby, and Astrid Ag. From the Stockholm University team: Christopher Stroud, Caroline Kerfoot, Natalia Ganuza, Linus Salö, David Karlander, and Linnea Hanell. Other scholars, e.g. Heini Lehtonen, Maria Rydell, Marta Kirilova and Luke Holmes and others, joined in as the project proceeded.
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A better understanding of theme as stated in the project title
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A co-authored research monograph, which presents a comprehensive account of the conditions for multilingual education in Sweden. Grounded in history, politics, and culture, this task includes scrutinizing various educational initiatives targeting linguistic minorities, including autochthonous groups such as the Sámi and Torne Valley Finns as well as later-day immigrants to Sweden. The Swedish experience, we think, presents an intriguing case, and so provides a welcome contribution to the international literature.