About COST Action IS1306 on New Speakers

This COST Action focuses on the dynamics involved in becoming a “new speaker” of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe.

Our COST Action is part of an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). This framework allows the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. Our Action was approved as an ISCH Action by the Committee of Senior Officials in May 2013. The First Management Committee meeting was held in October 2013 in Brussels.

Globalization, increased mobility and transnational networking transform the linguistic ecologies of contemporary societies.

In this Action, the aim is to bring multilinguals into the focus by investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in acquiring, using and being understood as a “new speaker” of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe.

From this perspective, new speakers are multilingual citizens who, by engaging with languages other than their “native” or “national” language(s), need to cross existing social boundaries, re-evaluate their own levels of linguistic competence and creatively (re)structure their social practices to adapt to new and overlapping linguistic spaces.

The network facilitates structured dialogue and collaboration amongst researchers from three different multilingual strands:

  1. Regional minorities
  2. Immigrants
  3. Transnational workers