Neohablantes en contextos de diáspora (Bremen, Deutschland)


Location: Bremen, Germany

Dates: 25 / 26 de enero 2017

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 The goal of this meeting is to coordinate a cross-case analysis of new speaker profiles related to revitalisation projects in diasporic and migration contexts.

We propose to develop a comparative framework within and across three multilingual communities: the Galician, Basque and Sephardic.

This will fulfill key objectives set out in the MoU of developing a framework of understanding across members of our COST Action.

Through an analysis of life trajectories and mudes (Pujolar and Gonzalez 2012; O’Rourke 2015), we seek to understand how new speakers within each of the three contexts mentioned manage their ‘linguistic repertoire’, and how they immerse themselves in their respectives ‘communities of practices’ or ‘ networks’(Blommaert 2011).

Thereby, a particular focus will be on the role of family language policy in intergenerational transmissions of heritage languages (Curdt-Christiansen 2009, 2014; Kasares, 2014).

At this point we will also analyse what kind of impact the language policies applied in the original homeland may have on the language policies of the families, taking into account that the three cases we intend to study show quite distinct policy features.

Another crucial aspect of our cross-case study will be the influence of school in these processes, given that the role of education has been considered a decisive factor for minority language revitalisation (Hornberger, 2008; Manterola et al., 2013; Reyna Muniain 2013).