Bringing order to chaos: Research on Easy Swedish

Solveig Arle, Carina Frondén

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Despite the early establishment of Easy Language in Sweden in the 1960s and a growing interest in producing Easy Language materials, linguistic research on Easy Swedish remains scarce. This literature review aims to describe how Easy Swedish has been understood in previous research, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and approaches. Applying a meta-narrative method, we investigate terms and definitions, descriptions of the target group, and ideologies, discourses, and values that justify Easy Language. Our results show an exclusive focus on written language and use of the term lättläst (Easy to Read), and a lack of a universal definition of the term. The results also show general agreement on the heterogeneity of the target group. Controversy arises from different perspectives on reading as well as the breadth of the concept, and the conceptualisation of Easy Swedish varies depending on the aims, discipline, and studied material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-193
Number of pages27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Easy language media
  • easy to read
  • easy swedish

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2


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