Consequently, there is a growing need to understand urban multilingualism and its effects. The goal of this project is to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the linguistic landscape of the Helsinki metropolitan area by combining data from official registers and social media platforms.
This novel combination of data provides insights on the residents’ perceived linguistic identity and the languages they use and encounter in everyday life. By focusing on language use, the project seeks to move beyond linguistic groups and towards identifying discourse communities, which form around shared experiences and issues in the city and extend across linguistic groups. To do so, the project combines methods from linguistics, natural language processing, geoinformatics and ethnography. Specifically, the project aims to:
For more information, see the project webpage.
Tuomo Hiippala (PI)
The project is funded by a three-year grant from the Emil Aaltonen Foundation.