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Svetlana Rönkkö ja Tove Hansson : vieraan aksentin performanssi mediahuumorin resurssina (2016)

Dufva, H., & Halonen, M. (2016). Svetlana Rönkkö ja Tove Hansson : vieraan aksentin performanssi mediahuumorin resurssina. In A. Solin, J. Vaattovaara, N. Hynninen, U. Tiililä, & T. Nordlund (Eds.), Kielenkäyttäjä muuttuvissa instituutioissa (pp. 145-162). Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistys. AFinLAn vuosikirja, 2016. https://journal.fi/afinlavk/article/view/59724

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Dufva, Hannele; Halonen, Mia

Parent publication: Kielenkäyttäjä muuttuvissa instituutioissa

Parent publication editors: Solin, Anna; Vaattovaara, Johanna; Hynninen, Niina; Tiililä, Ulla; Nordlund, Taru

eISBN: 978-951-9388-63-2

Journal or series: AFinLAn vuosikirja

eISSN: 2343-2608

Publication year: 2016

Number in series: 2016

Pages range: 145-162

Number of pages in the book: 233

Publisher: Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistys

Place of Publication: Jyväskylä

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: https://journal.fi/afinlavk/article/view/59724

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Delayed open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/52574

Additional information: Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistyksen (AFinLA) julkaisuja ; 74, ISSN 0781-0318
Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistyksen AFinLAn vuotuinen syyssymposium, Helsinki 13.-14.11.2015


The paper deals with foreign accent performance in two popular comedy shows in Finnish television. Two different foreign accents of L2 Finnish – Russian and Swedish – were performed by two fictional characters: Svetlana Rönkkö, a Russian-born woman, and Tove Hansson, a Swedish speaking woman coming from the Åland Islands. Our main focus is on the empirical analysis of the phonetic features in these performances. The features are analysed as such, in relation to the empirically studied, “authentic”, features of L1 Russian and Swedish Finnishes. The performances are looked as folk linguistic (Nieldzielski & Preston 2003) analyses of the most prominent indexes of the social groups in focus, drawing on Silverstein’s (2003) notion of indexical order. Our observations suggest that the performed accents can be seen as clusters of phonetic, lexical, grammatical features but that they also involve embodied and artefactual references – all displayed by the actor’s performance. Finally, we argue that although many of the features may not be “genuine”, they combine to produce an accent that is recognizable, that results in joint laughter of the audience – and that is, therefore, sufficient and “enough”.

Keywords: foreigners; Finnish as a second language; accent (linguistics); Finnish language; phonetics; television programmes; comedy series; humour; artefacts

Free keywords: foreign accent; performance; media humour

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2016

JUFO rating: 1

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