The research area the covers “linguistic practices in working life” is interested in linguistic aspects of work-related knowledge, i.e. in the role that communication (spoken or written) has at work. Its foundation is that contemporary working life (sometimes describes in terms of the new order of work) increasingly deals with reading and writing – but also speaking. This means that soon, almost all professions, even those that have traditionally been regarded as practical, have a discursive aspect: working is largely expressing yourself.
Two projects within this theme examine professional linguistics in a language other than the mother tongue. The first, which recently ended, deals with transport orders for people with disabilities that are directed to call centres in Chisinau in Moldavia or Falköping in Sweden (Linda Kahlin & Ingela Tykesson). The other covers the introduction to medical Swedish in Poland that is given to doctors recruited abroad (Kahlin & Tykesson). One shared objective in these projects is to develop understanding what the concept of interactional expertise entails and its significance for language acquisition and teaching. The project Arbetskraft från Östersjöområdet [Labour from the Baltic Sea region] (Söderlundh & Kahlin) is also run here; its aim is to investigate language and working life within the EU, examining Estonian and Polish tradesmen in Sweden.
Other, now completed, projects in this theme include the documentation practices of care workers (Zoe Nikolaidou), medical advisors’ conversational expertise (Mats Landqvist), interpersonal communication issues in the care sector (Mats Landqvist, Ingela Tykesson) and public authorities’ communication (Hedda Söderlundh). Barbro Allardt Ljunggrens research about the holiday work perform by young Norwegians also belongs here.