THE LANGUAGES OF FINLAND
"In 1990 there were 25,000 foreign language speakers in Finland. By the beginning of 2017, around 354,000 people from around the world had immigrated. They speak around five hundred different languages in total. There are now more speakers of these languages in Finland than speakers of Finland’s traditional small language groups..."
Professor Emeritus Fred Karlsson’s work, The Languages of Finland 1917-2017, is an integrative presentation of languages and linguistic landscape over the period of Finland’s independence. The work also highlights current driving forces of change in the area of languages, the causes and effects as well as possible sore points.
This succinct language book for Finland’s centennial year features our familiar national languages and their different phases. The work also builds a 100-year perspective on so-called official and foreign languages. What are they and how has their status developed?
The series of The Languages of Finland 1917-2017 titles and the multimedia publication published in Finnish, Swedish and English are part of Finland’s centennial programme and can be read in addition to paperback and web versions as an e-book and via Twitter.
PROCEED TO THE BOOK:
IN FINNISH: www.suomenkielet100.fi
PÅ SVENSKA: www.finlandsspråk100.fi
The Languages of Finland 1917–2017 can be downloaded as an e-book free of charge also from Lingsoft’s subsidiary e-book store Ellibs at www.ellibs.com.
The Languages of Finland 1917–2017 can also be read on Twitter. Follow the story of languages during the era of indepence as a chain of tweets! There are dozens of chronological tweets about the languages and language communities during the different decades, and each tweet redirects to the relevant page in the actual book.
Fred Karlsson, the author and Professor Emeritus of General Linguistics at the University of Helsinki, is a recognised expert in his field of study, an internationally respected researcher and a pioneer in the Finnish language technology field. He founded Lingsoft in 1986 together with Kimmo Koskenniemi, Professor Emeritus of Language Technology at the University of Helsinki.
This work, The Languages of Finland 1917-2017, written by Fred Karlsson, is publisher Lingsoft’s jubilee publication in honour of Finland’s independence. Lingsoft is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The linguistic landscape is in a constant state of change, and it is a key aspect of independent Finland’s reality both then and now. What better way than this to respect and honour the centennial.
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