Högre seminarium: Yesim Sevinc

  • Datum: –16.00
  • Plats: Endast via Zoom. https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/62067734409
  • Föreläsare: Yesim Sevinc, University of Amsterdam.
  • Arrangör: Institutionen för nordiska språk
  • Kontaktperson: Memet Aktürk
  • Seminarium

"Language anxiety in the transnational context: From avoidance to emotional resilience".

Seminariet är helt digitalt på Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/62067734409


Negative emotions, such as anxiety, are complex reactions, which have a number of sources and consequences that have been widely documented in the educational context. Most of the research on negative emotions (e.g., anxiety) has so far focused on foreign language anxiety and second language anxiety in classroom settings. However, much less is known about anxiety experienced in transnational contexts which occurs outside the classroom, as a result of daily sociolinguistic and socioemotional challenges of the immigrant experience (e.g. vulnerability, aggressive monolingualism, monolingual mindsets, language tension, xenophobia, stereotyping, accusations of slipping in ethnic allegiances and social exclusion).


In this talk I will address the interplay between the immigrant experience, multilingualism and emotions with a central focus on anxiety and coping strategies. On the basis of the insights garnered from recent studies on emotions both from global north and south, I will summarize findings on two types of anxiety “heritage language anxiety” and “majority language anxiety” (Sevinç and Dewaele 2017; Sevinç 2018; Sevinç and Backus 2018; Sevinç 2022; Sevinç and Anthonissen 2022). I will illustrate how immigrants from different social contexts experience and cope with daily social and emotional encounters of multilingualism and immigration (e.g., by means of avoidance or resilience), and how different coping strategies they adopt influence their multilingual and socioemotional experiences in return.



Sevinc, Y. (2022). Mindsets and family language pressure: Language or anxiety transmission across generations?Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2022.2038614 

Sevinc, Y., & Anthonissen, C. (2022). “What’s the problem? I am happy that you are my customer!” African immigrant women’s emotional labour and resilience in a multilingual workplace. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2022.2120614 

Sevinç, Y. (2018). Language anxiety in the immigrant context: Sweaty palms? International Journal of Bilingualism, 22(6), 717–739.

Sevinç, Y. & Dewaele, J-M. (2017). Heritage language anxiety and majority language anxiety among Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands. International Journal of Bilingualism, 22(2), 159-179. 

Sevinç, Y., & Backus, A. (2019). Anxiety, language use and linguistic competence in an immigrant context: A vicious circle? International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 22(6), 706-724.