Online contact, face-to-face contact and multilingualism: Young Swedish-speaking Finns develop trilingual identities

Laszlo Vincze, Nick Joyce

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Abstract

Based on the tenets of the social context model of second language acquisition, the present article examined the combined effect of online and face-to-face contact in developing multilingual skills and identities among young Swedish-speaking Finns (N = 304). The hypotheses were tested for Finnish as a second language and English as a third language using parallel models. The results were largely identical for both languages. Specifically, online contact enhanced language confidence which, in turn, contributed to language identity. However, online contact had a more substantial effect on confidence as well as identity among those who had little face-to-face contact with speakers of the given language. Findings and their implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunication studies
Volume69
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
ISSN1051-0974
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 2ND-LANGUAGE
  • ATTITUDES
  • Face-to-Face Contact
  • IMAGINED INTERACTIONS
  • INTERGROUP
  • Multilingualism
  • Online Contact
  • PREJUDICE
  • Swedish in Finland
  • 6121 Languages

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Online contact, face-to-face contact and multilingualism : Young Swedish-speaking Finns develop trilingual identities. / Vincze, Laszlo; Joyce, Nick.

In: Communication studies, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2018, p. 85-102.

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