Projektblogg – Project blog

More research this year!

posted Jan 23, 2012, 10:21 AM by Maia Andréasson

Torsten Söderbergs stiftelse has granted us money for another trip to the US! We are so very grateful for this and we are now in the planning stage of this year's research.

Moreover, Sofia Tingsell will appear in the Swedish radio show "Språket" (The Language) tomorrow. Here's a link to the program site where you will find the emission from tomorrow and further on:

The show is in Swedish.

/Maia Andréasson

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posted Jun 15, 2011, 4:20 AM by Maia Andréasson   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 4:23 AM ]

We are (practically) on our way!

posted Jun 10, 2011, 3:09 AM by Maia Andréasson

Sunday we leave for Minneapolis and we are currently madly busy checking of items on lists, filling electronic forms to get into the US, contacting language consultants, arranging for meetings, checking phone numbers and addresses. We have the recording equipment in our carry on bags in case something will go wrong with our checked in luggage. 

We have already heard from several of the people that we have contacted by mail and e-mail and that feels good. Among other things we got a kind invitation to join in a Midsummer celebration in Mora, Minnesota next Friday! With Midsommarstång and all.

In Sweden, the very archetype of a Midsommarfest is one in Dalarna, where Swedish Mora is situated, so we were of course very excited about getting this invitation. We only hope for nice weather too. In Sweden the Midsommar parties often are quite rainy and windy. So often actually, that a company one year advertised that the customers would get 50% back on any purchase in case there was no rain on the Midsommar eve.

Anyhow, you will hear more from us during the stay in Minnesota June 12th–21st.

/Maia Andréasson

Datum (nästan) klara! – Dates (almost) set!

posted Mar 24, 2011, 3:11 AM by Maia Andréasson

Om allt går väl kommer vi att vara i Minnesota mellan den 12 och den 21 juni 2011.

If everything goes well, we will be in Minnesota June 12th – June 21th, 2011.


Call for papers: Second Workshop on Immigrant Languages in America

posted Mar 16, 2011, 1:41 PM by Maia Andréasson

"The Second Workshop on Immigrant Languages in America will be held at Fefor Høifjellshotell in Norway 21-24. September 2011.

Call for papers: We still have some vacant slots for papers based on new research into old immigrant languages in America, including all areas of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicography, bilingualism, acquisition, variation and change."

Web site here.

Projektet Svenskan i Amerika, en resa – The project Swedish in America, a journey

posted Feb 24, 2011, 1:37 AM by Maia Andréasson   [ updated Mar 24, 2011, 3:26 AM ]

(In English, below)

Hösten 2010 ansökte fem forskare från Göteborgs universitet och Institutet för språk och folkminnen (Ida Larsson, Benjamin Lyngfelt, Jenny Nilsson, Sofia Tingsell och jag) om pengar från Torsten och Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelser för att resa till USA och göra en grundläggande undersökning av den svenska som talas där av immigranter från Sverige. I december samma år fick vi besked om att Torsten Söderbergs Stiftelse beviljat oss pengar till resan.

Vi kommer alltså att resa till Delaware, Minnesota, ungefär tio dagar i juni 2011 och träffa svensktalande i olika åldrar där. Vår plan är att spela in intervjuer med och samtal mellan våra informanter. Vi hoppas också kunna göra några språkliga experiment för att få data om en del grammatiska konstruktioner som är så ovanliga att vi knappast kan förvänta oss att se dem i spontant tal.

Något som inspirerat oss är förstås det mycket större projekt som just nu pågår inom
NorDiaSyn för att undersöka den norska som talas av amerikanska immigranter från Norge – Norwegian in America. Vårt projekt är givetvis bara i ett inledningsskede, men vi hoppas kunna samla material som kan vara jämförbart – om än mindre – med det som Janne Bondi Johannesson och Signe Laake samlade under förra våren i Illinois, Wisconsin och Minnesota. 

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In the autumn of 2010 five researchers from Gothenburg University and the Institute of Language and Folklore (Ida Larsen,Benjamin Lyngfelt, Jenny Nelson, Sophia Ting Sell and I) applied for money from the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations to travel to the U.S. and perform research on the Swedish spoken there by immigrants from Sweden. In December that same year we were informed that the Torsten Söderberg Foundation has granted us money for the trip.

We will travel to Delaware, Minnesota, for about ten days in June 2011, and meet with Swedish speakers of different ages. Our plan is to record interviews with and conversations between our informants. We also hope to be able to make linguistic experiments to obtain data on some grammatical constructions, that are so unusual that we can hardly expect to catch them in spontaneous speech.

Something that inspired us, of course, is the much larger project currently under way in
NorDiaSyn to explore the Norwegian spoken by American immigrants from Norway - Norwegian in America. Our project is of course only in its early stages, but we hope to collect data that may be comparable - albeit much smaller - to the material Janne Bondi Johannesson and Signe Laake collected last spring in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

/Maia Andréasson

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