New Speakers and Migration

The aim of this WG will be to take stock of existing research on “new speakers” in the context of migration. It will identify similarities and differences in “new speaker” profiles across immigrant contexts in Europe and explore the theoretical underpinnings of what it means to be a “new speaker” of a language in the context of migration.  Multilingualism and migration has been explored from a wide variety of perspectives and has only more recently begun to be examined through the ‘new speaker’ lens. In this current budget plan, the aim of the WG will be to move this discussion forward.  The WG will adopt a cross-case approach to examine the extent to which new speaker practices in one migration context are similar or different to others and whether or not some set of generalizable trends can be identified across ‘new speaker’ practices in immigrant communities more generally. WG meetings will be arranged around a number of general themes and will consist of presentations from participants about how their individual case studies fit into (or not) that particular theme or framework.

These will include some of the following:

  • ‘Becoming’ a new speaker
  • Linguistic “mudes”
  • Authenticity, legitimacy and the relationship with the native speaker
  • Ideological contestation and the new speaker
  • New speakers and language policy
  • New speakers and gender

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Luisa Martín Rojo

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