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Immigrant Experiences of Learning Icelandic and Connecting with the Speaking Community

Immigrant Experiences of Learning Icelandic and Connecting with the Speaking Community


Titill: Immigrant Experiences of Learning Icelandic and Connecting with the Speaking Community
Höfundur: Skaptadóttir, Unnur Dís   orcid.org/0000-0002-8350-3898
Innes, Pamela
Útgáfa: 2017-01-01
Tungumál: Enska
Umfang: 20-27
Háskóli/Stofnun: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
Svið: Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Social Sciences (UI)
Deild: Félags- og mannvísindadeild (HÍ)
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UI)
Birtist í: Nordic Journal of Migration Research;7(1)
ISSN: 1799-649X
DOI: 10.1515/njmr-2017-0001
Efnisorð: Nationality; Icelandic language; Immigrants; Inclusion; Exclusion; Þjóðerni; Íslenska sem annað mál; Innflytjendur
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/477

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Skaptadóttir, Unnur Dís & Innes, Pamela. (2017). Immigrant Experiences of Learning Icelandic and Connecting with the Speaking Community. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 7(1), pp. 20-27.doi:10.1515/njmr-2017-0001

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The Icelandic language has a central role in defining Icelandic nationality. Given its importance in defining Icelandic nationality and as a precondition for citizenship, the article studies what learning the Icelandic language means for the growing numbers of immigrants who have arrived in Iceland in recent years. This ethnographic study presents immigrants’ perspectives on learning the language to be able to participate at work as well as gain access to the language community and Icelandic society in order to examine theory-based questions regarding processes of inclusion, exclusion and integration. Our study shows that although language is promoted as an important aspect in inclusion into Icelandic society, many of our participants who have attended classes but work mostly with other immigrants experience the language requirements instead as a boundary marker in terms of participation and belonging in Icelandic society.

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