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Our STSMs - Sibo Kanobana

Sibo Kanobana visited London in April with another network member, Sara Nyssen, where they have completed a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSMs). 

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) promote exchange and mobility within the scientific objectives of the Action, and allow Action members (especially early stage researchers) to visit universities and institutions of another Party of the COST Action to learn new techniques or methodologies, or to work on joint publications. 

Here is what Sibo had to say about his experience:

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Our STSMs - Karolina Rosiak

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) promote exchange and mobility within the scientific objectives of the Action, and allow Action members (especially early stage researchers) to visit universities and institutions of another Party of the COST Action to learn new techniques or methodologies, or to work on joint publications.

Karolina Rosiak visited Dublin in April. Here is what she had to say about her STSM experience:

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Our STSMs - Sara Nyssen

Another one of our network members had completed their Short Term Scientific Mission (STSMs).

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) promote exchange and mobility within the scientific objectives of the Action, and allow Action members (especially early stage researchers) to visit universities and institutions of another Party of the COST Action to learn new techniques or methodologies, or to work on joint publications.

Sara Nyssen visited the UK recently. Here is what she had to say about her experience:

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Dètz jorns en Escòcia per parlar de lenga e de poder

Dètz jorns en Escòcia per parlar de lenga e de poder

Me fuguèt recentament balhada l’oportunitat, a travèrs d’un financiament STSM de l’Action COST IS1306 ‘Nòus locutors dins una Euròpa multilinga’, de passar dètz jorns en Escòcia.

S’agissiá de trabalhar amb Bernadette O’Rourke, Professora a l’Universitat Heriot-Watt d’Edimborg, sus de tematicas dau Grop de Trabalh 10 (WG10) d’aqueu projèct que ne’n siáu co-coordonator amb Alfonso Del Percio de l’Universitat d’Oslo en Norveja.

Aqueu grop de trabalh, qu’acampa de cercaires de l’Euròpa entiera, cerca de cavar la question de la legitimitat dei nòus locutors dins de contèxts de lengas minorizadas o non en Euròpa, e dins aqueu cadre la problematica dei nòus locutors es clarament centrala.

O sabèm ben en Occitània, mai se pòt dire la mema causa dins mantuneis autrei luècs, sufís pas de sacher parlar occitan per èstre acceptat per leis autrei locutors.

Fau tanben es reconoissut coma locutor legitim, es a dire dotat de la capacitat de s’exprimir publicament en Occitan, per èstre prés au seriós, cresegut, mostrar una certa autoritat, o tot simplament per que lo mond acceptèsson aqueu o aquela qu’a aprés la lenga fòra la familha coma interlocutor e que li parlèsson, o respondèsson, en occitan.

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The “legitimate” new speaker

Thanks to the COST New Speakers Network, I was given the opportunity to visit Sari Pietikäinen and her research team (Jyväskylä Discourse Hub) in December 2015.

I am currently working with Alexandre Duchêne at the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg.

Together, we are doing ethnographic fieldwork in a town at the French-(Swiss)German language border in Switzerland, which brands itself as bilingual tourism destination, what is linked to particular linguistic requirements and tensions.

For my thesis I am investigating the branding’s impact on the definition of the legitimate and authentic tourism worker on this specific site.

My STSM at the University of Jyväskylä enabled me to engage in meaningful conversations with other researchers who are working with the concept of legitimacy.

By comparing legitimacy-issues of new speakers across different sites (e.g. cleaning work, indigenous tourism, handcraft, sports), I could learn a lot on the complex challenges in other multilingual contexts.

The scientific mission turned out to be a great opportunity for networking, and further collaboration is already scheduled.

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