How do you talk about language?

Location: Milk Café, Victoria Road, Glasgow

Date: Saturday 24 June at 3pm

How do you tell people about your experiences talking new languages, and the reasons you have for deciding to learn other languages?

Please join the team of The New Speaker Network for the launch of The New Speaker Guide, a new mini-publication introducing the work of The New Speaker Network, a partnership of 28 countries working together to better understand the benefits and challenges involved in becoming a new speaker.



Policies and Practices (Final Whole Action Conference)

Location: Coimbra, Portugal 

Dates: 14-16 September 2017

Local Organisers

  • Clara Keating (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Olga Solovova (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal) 
  • Vera Ferreira (CIDLES, Portugal)


New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices
Final Whole Action Conference

University of Coimbra

Focusing on Policies and Practices, the New Speakers' Network Final Whole Action Conference will bring together the work which emerged from dialogue and collaboration between researchers, policy makers and stakeholders working together over the past four years on the dynamics involved in becoming 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, complex and overlapping linguistic spaces.

In our network we have sought to understand the potential social tensions that emerge from unequal access to participation of new speakers in Europe’s multilingual projects. These inequalities pose challenges to European integration, social cohesion and economic collaboration, as well as to the full participation of territorial and immigrant minorities.

At our Final Whole Action Conference we will showcase our research findings and policy recommendations. We will focus on four different themes linked to our scientific activities of our Working Groups:

  • New Speakers and Competence
  • New Speakers and Subjectivities
  • New Speakers and Language Policies
  • New Speakers, Legitimacy and Governmentality

Along with these working groups sessions, the event will include plenary conferences, local stakeholder panels on new speakers and linguistic diversity in Portuguese speaking contexts and a number of cultural events on issues around territorial and immigrant sociolinguistic minorities aimed for the general public.

Training Course for early-career & doctoral researchers

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 4th-7th July 2017

Local Organisers

  • Avel·lí Flors-Mas (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • Marina Massaguer (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • Tülay Caglitutuncigil (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • Júlia Llompart (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Andrea Sunyol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


4-Day Training Course for early-career & doctoral researchers

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

The COST Action training school will be hosted in collaboration with the Sociolinguistics Summer School (SSS).  

Language and globalisation, management of multilingualism, newspeakerness, and variation and social identity will be the core themes of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology will be welcomed. Specifically, invited speakers will focus on the following topics:

  • Monica Heller (University of Toronto): Language and Inequality in Contemporary World
    • Workshop: Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography
  • Francesc Xavier Vila (Universitat de Barcelona): Agency in Language Policy Revisited
    • Workshop: Language Policies and Management of Multilingualism
  • Joan Pujolar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): New speakers, Language and Lifestyles in Late Modernity
    • Workshop: New Speakers from a Critical Sociolinguistic Analysis Perspective
  • Robert Lawson (Birmingham City University): Big Data, Big Problems: Investigating Language Use on Twitter
    • Workshop: Social Media, Discourse Analysis, and Social Identity 


The deadline for abstract submissions, both for paper and workshop presentations, is March 13, 2017.

Abstracts should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..