Dr Michael Hornsby

New speakers of Yiddish and questions of authentic language

COST Ref. No.:

COST-STSM-IS1306-20786

STSM Applicant:

Dr Michael Hornsby,Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Period:

2014-09-01 to 2014-09-05

Host:

Bernadette O Rourke,Heriot Watt University,Edinburgh(UK)

Depositphotos 12799473 xsThe focus of this STSM is an investigation into the linguistic practices of a private conversation/discussion group of Yiddish speakers who regularly meet in the city of Edinburgh under the auspices of Dr. Heather Valencia (formerly of the University of Sterling).

The work plan will initially involve a number of individual semi-structured ethnographic interviews with these new speakers/users of Yiddish. Further data will be gathered through participant observation in a study session in which these same speakers are in the process of attaining speakerhood in the language.

In particular, data will be sought on the following themes and their significance for the research participants:

  • What is authentic Yiddish for them?
  • Do they feel entitled to speak on behalf of, or for Yiddish - do they feel a sense of ownership in any way?
  • Is this sense of ownership enhanced or affected by their own sense of ethnic identity, whether Jewish or not?

 

They will also be invited to construct, either orally or in writing, a language biography, in which they are asked to reflect on their journeys of becoming a speaker/user of Yiddish. The initial data will then be discussed with a colleague at the host institution, Dr. Bernadette O’ Rourke at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, in order to ascertain which threads could most usefully feed into the more general themes of COST Action IS1306 and in which ways they could be best disseminated further (publications, 2nd Symposium on New Speakers in Barcelona, 20-22 November 2014, etc).

STSMs

  • Karolina Mieszkowska
    To examine typical narrative and lexical development of Polish immigrant children in the UK acquiring English language (aged 4;6-6;5).

    Read more

    Joanna Kolak
    To recruit Polish-English bilingual children within the Polish immigrant communities in London and test them with a set of tasks, measuring their linguistic and cognitive abilities.

    Read more

    Karolina Rosiak
    The primary aim of the mission was to collect data that would allow me to investigate attitudes of Polish migrants to Wales towards the Welsh language, their motivation behind sending...

    Read more

    Dr Anna Strycharz-Banaś
    During this stay I intend to work on a collaborative research paper with two other COST action members: Dr Leonie Cornips (Meertens Instituut) and Lotte Thissen (Maastricht University). The main...

    Read more

    Dr Michael Hornsby
    The focus of this STSM is an investigation into the linguistic practices of a private conversation/discussion group of Yiddish speakers who regularly meet in the city of Edinburgh under the...

    Read more

    Ms Sara Brennan
    Over the course of the mission, I will present both COST Action IS1306 and my PhD research on ‘new speakerness’ in the contemporary Irish workplace to the PhD seminar Alexandre...

    Read more

    Dr Minna Suni
    Proposed activities include a sociolinguistic seminar focusing on the themes of the COST Action, especially the theoretical and methodological questions and networking, learning to know the research done in the...

    Read more

    Ms Nicola Bermingham
    My time will be divided between the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. I intend to spend five working days at each institution, strengthening my research...

    Read more