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Från demokratisk rättighet till tips och småknep i skrivandet: Några nedslag i det svenska klarspråksarbetet

Journal article
Authors Lena Lind Palicki
Andreas Nord
Published in Sakprosa
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages Art. 5
ISSN 1891-5108
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages Art. 5
Language sv
Subject categories Languages and Literature, Specific Languages, Scandinavian languages, Swedish language


Plain Swedish is often described as a well-established project whose aim it is to create simpler and more reader-friendly public administration texts, in order to promote democratic transparency; however, the practical operationalisation of this language-planning project have been only sparsely studied. The current study draws on the Language Policy and Planning tradition, to investigate the relationship between the political discourse on Plain Swedish in language-policy documents and its operative side, especially as seen in marketing materials from small commercial providers of Plain Swedish services and in a short course offered at municipal offices. The results indicate that the ideological aspects of the political Plain Swedish effort are barely recognizable at the micro level, since its democratic aspects are virtually absent. Instead, arguments tend to reference efficiency, cost reductions, and other benefits for the individual writer. This study concludes by arguing that the Plain Swedish project may lose its validity if it is consistently reduced to resolving individual authors’ ‘here and now’ problems, rather than inspire a more ideological change in writing practices.

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