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Embracing Hungarian: Top-down emancipation of an immigrant language in Finland
Uppsala University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0011-1689
2011 (English)In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, ISSN 0165-2516, E-ISSN 1613-3668, no 209, 75-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The term “language emancipation” has to date been mainly used in the context of historical minority languages and underprivileged vernaculars. The aim of the present article is to discuss the extension of this concept to other language categories and in this case, an immigrant language. It focuses on the situation of Hungarians and Hungarian in Finland and discusses the relevance of language emancipation in this context. The factors which are concentrated on are: first, the long history of cultural relations between Hungarians and Finns; second, the situation of Hungarian at various levels of education in Finland; and third, the attitudes towards Hungarian on the part of the majority society as well as the Hungarians themselves. The situation of Hungarian in Finland is special compared with other immigrant languages because Hungarian was part of the Finnish nationalist language emancipation. This historical heritage still seems to positively affect the status of Hungarians and the Hungarian language in Finnish society as reflected in a recent sociolinguistic study carried out among second generation Hungarians in Finland. Both official support from the state level and the favorable attitudes among majority language speakers contribute to the privileged status of Hungarians among immigrant groups in Finland.

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011. no 209, 75-90 p.
Keyword [en]
Hungarians in Finland, Finno-Ugric languages, linguistic affinity, attitudes towards related languages, top-down language emancipation
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Cultural Studies Specific Languages Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-14892DOI: 10.1515/ijsl.2011.022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-14892DiVA: diva2:738794
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2014-08-19 Last updated: 2016-02-02Bibliographically approved

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