Urban Talk & Text
Urban Talk & Text investigates the sociolinguistic life of contemporary urban vernaculars, i.e. speech styles that have emerged in and are associated with multilingual urban neighbourhoods shaped by immigration and class stratification.
About the project
Urban Talk & Text zooms in on Oslo and surrounding regions, and is particularly concerned with the status of contemporary urban vernaculars today, the spread and development over time, and the ways these speech styles are portrayed, employed and perceived in various modalities, in conversations, in social and printed media, as well as in novels, TV series and films.
The primary objective of Urban Talk & Text is to contribute new knowledge on the social life of contemporary urban speech styles.
Urban Talk & Text employs a multiple methodological approach, including Citizen Sociolinguistics, that is, engaging lay people in doing sociolinguistic research (e.g. European Association for Citizen Science; Svendsen 2018). Time frame: autumn 2020 - 2023.
- Samantha Goodchild: Urban multilingual spaces: Oslo in the 2020s. A collaborative intergenerational sociolinguistics project
- Rafael Lomeu Gomes: Speech styles of young adults in urban spaces in Norway: Continuities and disruptions
Workshops and Events
Urban Talk & Text organised a workshop on Citizen Sociolinguistics the 3. and 4. of November 2020, see program and presentations can be found in the list of previous events at Multiling.
Vårt Land 26.06.2020: "Kebabnorsk er norsk".
Vi.no 16.09.2020 "Vet du hva "wolla" betyr?" (vi.no, In Norwegian)
Collaboration and Networks
MultiLit Multilectal Literacy in Education RCN-financed project at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
The research group Language Variation and Change in Society and Education at the University of South-East Norway
Urban Speech is partly funded by the Research Council of Norway through its Centers of Excellence funding scheme, project number 223265.
- Mesthrie, Raj, Toril Opsahl & Unn Røyneland (2021). Contesting Stereotypes: Language, Body and Belonging – Northern and Southern perspectives. In Blackwood & Røyneland (eds.) Spaces of Multilingualism. Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism. Routledge, 51-72. (Open access).
- Cutler, Cecelia & Unn Røyneland (eds.) (2018). Multilingual Youth Practices in Computer Mediated Communication. Cambridge University Press.
- Opsahl, Toril (2018). Welcome to the city where dialects aren't pretty? On some developmental processes in urban multiethnic areas in Oslo, Norway, In Thorsten Burkard & Markus Hundt (ed.), Sprachmischung - Mischsprachen. Vom Nutzen und Nachteil gegenseitiger Sprachbeeinflussung. Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISBN 978-3-631-74389-8. kapittel. s 83 - 98
- Røyneland, Unn (2018). Virtually Norwegian: Negotiating language and identity on YouTube. In Multilingual Youth Practices in Computer Mediated Communication. Cambridge University Press, 145-168.
- Svendsen, B. A. in press. Contemporary urban speech styles. Norway. In P. Kerswill & H. Wiese (eds.), Urban contact dialects and language change: Insights from the global North and South. London: Routledge.