Legitimisation and Power

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WG10 focuses on everyday practices and processes of legitimisation of people as legitimate (new) speakers. This implies a particular focus on issues of social inequality linked with practices of new-speakerhood, as well as on the challenges associated with investigating those issues. We are interested, in other words, in how power issues are at play in the legitimization processes that are crucial to social issues of new-speakerhood. We organise our work in three complementary directions:  We wish to ask what languages, linguistic resources and speakers are legitimised, delegitimised, hierarchised, in which context and by whom — to what end?  We also ask what ideologies of language, race, class, gender etc. are mobilised in order to legitimise or delegitimise people as (new) speakers: which boundaries, new or old, are created, by whom — and to what end?  Finally, we investigate what types of tensions are generated through those practices, how is legitimisation/delegitimisation contested, by whom — and, again, to what end? These questions include analysing, for example, how linguistic markets function, how valuation processes can be described and theorised, as well as a host of other questions which will emerge from our discussions with group members.