STSM Proposals

Proposals for STSMs from local investigators will be assessed for the contribution of the STSM to the Action’s objectives. STSMs can take place within a WG or across WGs.

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Benefits

multiLanguage is a key component in accessing education, employment, social services and for community participation. It has also been seen historically in Europe as defining individual and collective identities. 

The processes whereby people learn new languages and become legitimate speakers of these languages are complex.

Through this Action the aim is to better understand the potential social tensions that emerge from unequal access to participation of new speakers in Europe’s multilingual projects.

These inequalities pose a potential challenge to European integration, social cohesion and economic collaboration, as well as to the full participation of territorial and immigrant minorities.

A shared understanding of these complexities across the different multilingual scenarios (including education, healthcare, youth culture, the workplace and NGOs) in which the participants of this network are working, will sharpen a knowledge of how to tackle the challenges that new speakers of different linguistic varieties face in the context of a multilingual Europe.

Dr Minna Suni

Immigrants as new speakers: Discussing and analysing ethnographic data

I plan to go to Spain from 19th October 2014 to 1st November 2014. 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 networks and learning from experts in my field of study.

Objectives

The main aim  of the Action is to bring into focus 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.

The objectives of the Action respond to the interests of both researchers and stakeholders:

Researcher-specific objectives:

  • To coordinate a cross-case analysis of new speaker profiles within and across three multilingual strands and to identify common themes and theoretical frameworks across this disciplinary spectrum.
  • To produce a special issue in an academic journal and an edited book addressing conceptual and theoretical commonalities across the three multilingual strands
  • To develop a set of research questions and basic work plan for an international research project which will be used in future applications for funding.
  • To develop a typology of new speaker profiles in the context of a multilingual Europe.

Stakeholder-specific objectives:

  • To identify thematic areas of knowledge for which sufficient evidence exists to make immediate policy and practice recommendations, and that which requires further research
  • To produce guidelines to assist stake holders in the successful management and development of linguistic diversity in regional minority and immigrant contexts, integration services and in multilingual corporate contexts
  • To produce guidelines on adopting new languages for dissemination to the general public.
  • Design a large-scale practitioner and policy dissemination programme including publications, web-sites and seminars, workshops and other events. Perform and evaluate at least one such Action (to be decided amongst researchers and stakeholders).
  • To produce a research framework that is made accessible to the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Multilingualism to guide future investment decisions in the European Research Area 
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