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  • 1. Bergh Nestlog, Ewa
    et al.
    Skoglund, AstridStröm, PeterUmeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.Svensson, OlaHägerdal, Hans
    Nordiska – på gång och på språng!: Vänbok till Gunilla Byrman2020Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Byrman, Gunilla
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Ström, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Djävulen sitter i detaljerna: Om citatteckenbruk i texter hos Polisen och socialtjänsten2019In: Sakprosa, ISSN 1502-6000, E-ISSN 1891-5108, Vol. 11, no 5Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The study examines the use of quotation marks in investigations by the police and the social services’ child care. The purpose is to illustrate the function of the quotation marks and possible interpretations of the texts in the light of the quotation marks. This is studied in the different types of discourse presentation: direct and indirect speech and narration. The starting point for the study is that quotation marks are a meaning-making resource, and that their usage plays a role in the functionality of texts in the contexts where they are used. Another purpose is to contribute to terminology development within the research field. The material consists of 20 investigative texts. A relevant purpose of these texts is to convey information obtained during conversations and interviews, and the texts thus represent a discourse that exists in the borderland between spoken and written language. The results of the study are interpreted with the help of concepts such as intertextuality and recontextualization. The analyses show that the primary function of quotation marks can be linked to the activity of retelling, but in the child care investigations in particular, the use of quotation marks is heterogeneous, and the functions of this typographical resource appear to be unclear. Another finding is that 50 percent of all quotation marks in the texts are unconventional and are not described in writing guidelines. This finding highlights the need for a conceptual apparatus which is appropriate for understanding and describing quotation marks as a meaning-making resource. Quotation marks are studied primarily in literary stylistics, but this study shows that quotation marks as a textual and meaning-making resource are also a relevant topic in research on non-fiction prose.

  • 3.
    Näslund, Shirley
    et al.
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Skoglund, Astrid
    Linnéuniversitetet.
    Ström, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    En bomb i brevlådan eller ett blad bland andra? En receptionsstudie av Om krisen eller kriget kommer2019In: HumaNetten, E-ISSN 1403-2279, no 43, p. 17-36Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Ström, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
    Det uppmärksammade jämställdhetsperspektivet: Text- och genusanalys av tio barnavårdsutredningar2020In: Nordiska - på gång och på språng!: Vänbok till Gunilla Byrman / [ed] Hans Hägerdal, Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2020, p. 273-297Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Ström, Peter
    Institutionen för svenska språket, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, Sverige.
    Utredning inleds: språk, genredrag och ansvar i barnavårdsutredningar2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this thesis is to acquire a deeper knowledge of Swedish social services’ written child welfare investigations. These investigations are conducted and documented by social workers at social welfare offices, and the investigations sometimes have a major impact on the lives of individuals. The research material consists of 50 written child welfare investigations, social workers’ answers to interviews and questionnaires and also steering documents regulating the child welfare practice of the social services, but the study focuses on the written investigations.

    Drawing on genre analysis theory and critical discourse analysis, patterns of linguistic features in the investigations are highlighted and considered as genre-specific features. Overall the investigations as written documents are considered both as discursive tools in a professional setting and as social authorities’ texts with great power in an asymmetrical power relation between authorities and individuals. This inherent duality implies different communicative purposes which are difficult to merge in the same document. The study includes a variety of empirical data and analytical tools deriving from genre analysis, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and linguistic stylistics. In the study both quantitative and qualitative approaches are combined, creating methodological triangulation.

    The results show that all the investigations are alike in terms of communicative purposes, indicating that the concept of genre is rigid concerning the text sample. In other respects all the investigations are characterized by variation, in both linguistic and more content-oriented aspects. In some sections of the texts the language is formal and in others it is casual. This can be understood as a consequence of different purposes coexisting in the same text. The results also show that different text participants are constructed differently concerning responsibility for affecting other participants. The authorities’ impact through processes is often hidden in passive clauses. Another result indicates that pseudo-nominalization is a functional linguistic tool in the discourse, which might be a reason to reevaluate plain language recommendations regarding this grammatical construct.

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