Trilingual repertoires, multifaceted experiences: multilingualism among Poles in Norway

Journal article by Maria Antonina Obojska in International Multilingual Research Journal, published online May 20, 2019.

International Multilingual Research Journal


This article examines the multilingual repertoires of adult and adolescent Poles living in Norway. The study draws on language portraits and interviews conducted with 14 adults and 12 adolescents living in and around Oslo. The article first discusses multilingualism of the research participants through an analysis of the 26 portraits and then zooms in on the drawings and interview data provided by one family in order to shed light on the ways the participants experience and construct the roles of their different linguistic resources. The study demonstrates that, in general, the research participants are multilingual and that three languages in particular – Polish, English and Norwegian – form an important part of their repertoires. The findings suggest that these linguistic resources and the roles they take on in the individual repertoires, however, might be experienced very differently by the participants. Furthermore, the analysis points to the existence of competing language ideologies among the researched cohort.

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Published July 22, 2019 10:56 AM - Last modified July 31, 2019 12:10 PM