Communicative patterns in Sweden Swedish and Finland Swedish – transactional and relational interaction during learning

The project Communicative patterns in Sweden Swedish and Finland Swedish – transactional and relational interaction during learning takes place within the research programme Interaction and Variation in Pluricentric Languages − Communicative Patterns in Sweden Swedish and Finland Swedish.
Pluricentric languages are languages spoken in more than one country. In Europe alone there are many examples: English, French, German and Swedish. But do people interact the same way in different countries simply because they speak the same language? Or do the communicative patterns vary? We know very little about this, which is exactly what the programme Interaction and Variation in Pluricentric Languages investigates.
This project investigates the same type of interactions in similar environments in Sweden and Finland, focusing on education and transactional and relational interaction during learning. Using theories and methods such as conversation analysis and ethnography of communication various data will be collected and analyzed. The data consist of field studies with video recordings, photographs and
detailed field notes. Authentic interaction between students and supervisors at universities in Sweden and Finland will be observed and video recorded and interviews and focus group discussions will take place. The analyses highlight assessments in terms of praise and corrections.
The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Contact information:
marie.nelson@mdh.se