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Researching Bottom-Up Language Policies in Galicia

Researching Bottom-Up Language Policies in Galicia

My research seeks to investigate the role of individual agency (such as individual parents) in the interpretation and implementation of language policy at the grassroots level.

This is studied in relation to Galician new-speaker parents who through their individual linguistic behaviour play a prominent role in the revitalisation and maintenance of Galician at the home domain, particularly in the context of framing bottom-up language policies on the ground.

I have been working on this topic for the past two and half years with my supervisors Bernie O’Rourke and Máiréad Nic Craith at Heriot-Watt University’s Intercultural Research Centre.

I applied for a Short Term Scientific Mission fund (STSM) to collect discussion data from two focus groups and carry out a family language audit to understand the language practices of Galician new-speaker parents at home.

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The Importance of being Earnest…in Academia

The Importance of being Earnest…in Academia

Thanks to the COST New Speakers Network, I had the opportunity to undertake a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) at the Institute of Multilingualism (University of Fribourg, CH) with Management Committee Member Alexandre Duchêne.

My research focuses on current attempts to commodify the Irish language and promote it as an economic resource for businesses in the Republic of Ireland. This is a topic I have been working on for the past two years as a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University under the supervision of Bernie O’Rourke and Mike Danson. Working with Alexandre – who indeed wrote the book on language in the globalised new economy – provided an invaluable chance to advance the development of the theoretical and methodological framework of my PhD project.

Alexandre’s insights from extensive experience with research on issues surrounding the commodification of practices of ‘new speakerness’, and the consequences of this process, were particularly formative in planning my upcoming fieldwork in Ireland.

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News from our short-term scientific missions

News from our short-term scientific missions

EU programs of COoperation for Science and Technology (COST) strive to support European scientists in their networking activities.

Pursuing this aim, COST Actions include special programs called ‘Short-Term Scientific Missions’ (STSMs). These short-term missions allow researchers to learn from an institution based in another country of the COST network - a mechanism of particular interest to early career researchers.

Over the course of 2014 many of our early career researchers embarked on these missions to a variety of research centres in different parts of Europe. These consisted of 5 to 14 days trips where researchers engaged with others about their research, developed ideas for new research projects and started developing ideas for joint articles with their hosts.

A year later, we are starting to collect feedback and have asked these researchers to share their experiences here with you.

Keep an eye out for these over the coming weeks.

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Welcome to the New Speaker blog

Welcome to the New Speaker blog

Here you will find news about the New Speaker Network, key events that will take place, new research developments, and our reflections about what it means to be a new speaker in a multilingual Europe.

As you will see from our Events page we have had a busy first year since the kick-off-meeting in Brussels in October 2013. We have lots planned for the coming year, so watch this space!

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