Legitimisation and Power

WG10 focuses on everyday practices and processes of legitimisation of people as legitimate (new) speakers. This implies a particular focus on issues of social inequality linked with practices of new-speakerhood, as well as on the challenges associated with investigating those issues. We are interested, in other words, in how power issues are at play in the legitimization processes that are crucial to social issues of new-speakerhood. We organise our work in three complementary directions:  We wish to ask what languages, linguistic resources and speakers are legitimised, delegitimised, hierarchised, in which context and by whom — to what end?  We also ask what ideologies of language, race, class, gender etc. are mobilised in order to legitimise or delegitimise people as (new) speakers: which boundaries, new or old, are created, by whom — and to what end?  Finally, we investigate what types of tensions are generated through those practices, how is legitimisation/delegitimisation contested, by whom — and, again, to what end? These questions include analysing, for example, how linguistic markets function, how valuation processes can be described and theorised, as well as a host of other questions which will emerge from our discussions with group members.   

Committee Members: 

James Costa (WG Leader)

Alfonso Del Percio (WG Leader)

Kamilla Kraft (Publications Officer)

Cassie Smith-Christmas (Communications Officer)    


Luisa Rojo

Heiko Marten

Bernie O' Rourke

Sara Brennan

Nicola Bermingham

Michael Hornsby

Geoffrey Roger

Rosina Marquez Reiter

Graham Turner

Nóra Schleicher

Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà

Kiran Kaur

Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin

Sari Pietikäinen

Lotte Thissen

Jürgen Jaspers

Lian Malai Madsen

Lucas John Duane Bernedo

Beatriz Lorente

Roberto Gomez-Fernandez

Bodó Csanád

Clara Keating

Wilson McLeod

Julia Sallabank

Julia de Bres

Martha Sif Karrebæk

Carla Bagna

Larissa Semiramis Schedel 

Sunni Minna

Leonie Cornips

Marco Santello

Joan Pujolar

Sarah Van Hoof

(New) Speakers in multilingual contexts: towards a sociolinguistics of the speaker

 The following is a list of members' recent publications  which specifically address the theme of 'new speakers.'

Absillis K. & J. Jaspers. (2016). Beware of the weeds. Reconsidering Flemish purism as a utopian discourse. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 242, 1-24.

Brennan, S. C., & Costa, J. (2016). The Indexical Reordering of Language in Times of Crisis: Nation, Region, and the Rebranding of Place in Shetland and Western Ireland. Signs & Society, 4(S1), 106–137.

Brennan, S., Danson, M. & O’Rourke, B. (2016). “Selling a Language to Save it? The Business-Oriented Promotion of Gaelic and Irish.” In W. McLeod, A. Gunderloch, & R. Dunbar (Eds.), Cànan & Cultar (Language and Culture): Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 8. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, pp. 205-221.

Cioè-Peña, M., Moore, E., Martín Rojo, L. (2016). The Burden of ‘Nativeness’: Four Plurilingual Student-Teachers’ Stories. Bellaterra journal of teaching and learning language and literature

Costa, J. (2016). Introduction : Penser Les Langues Régionales Dans L’enseignement Bilingue. In Education Bilingue En France: Politiques Linguistiques, Modèles et Pratiques, edited by Jürgen Erfurt and Christine Hélot. Frankfurt am Main, Bern & Berlin: Peter Lang. 

Hornsby M. (2016). Lemko linguistic identity: Contested pluralities. Language Documentation and Conservation in Europe 9: 13-25. 

Hornsby M. (2016). 'Varieties of Variation in a Very Small Place' Revisited: Some Considerations from Wilamowice. In: Olko, Justyna; Wicherkiewicz, Tomasz; Borges, Robert (eds.)  Integral Strategies for Language Revitalization. Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 81-90.

Hornsby M. (2016). Du shtetl à la ville: à la recherche d’un yiddish (presque) perdu (From the shtetl to the city: looking for an (almost) lost variety of Yiddish). Droit et Cultures: Les langues autochtones dans la cité 72(2): 227-240. 

Hornsby M. and Rosiak, K. (2016). Motivational Factors in the Acquisition of Welsh in Poland. Studia Celtica Posnaniensia 1: 57-72.

Jaspers, J. (2016). Diglossia and beyond. In: O. García, N. Flores & M. Spotti (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Society and Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Jaspers J. (2017). Language education policy and sociolinguistics. Toward a new critical engagement. In: Tollefson & Perez-Milans (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. 

Jaspers J. (2017). Double-edged valorizations of urban heteroglossia. In: P. Van Avermaet, S. Sierens, S. Slembrouck & K. Maryns (Eds.), The multilingual edge of education. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Martín Rojo, L. y Rodríguez, L.R. (2016). Muda lingüística y movilidad social. Trayectorias de jóvenes migrantes hacia la universidad. Discurso y Sociedad, vol. 10(1), pp. 100-133. 

O’Rourke, B., Pujolar, J., & Ramallo, F. (2015). New speakers of minority languages: the challenging opportunity. Special issue of the International Journal for the Sociology of Language. January 2015. Vol. 231. 1-20. ISSN: 1613-3668. DOI 10.1515/ijsl-2014-0029.

O’Rourke, B., & Pujolar, J. (2015). New speakers and processes of new speakerness across time and space. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2), 145–150. doi:10.1515/applirev-2015-0007

Pujolar, J., & Puigdevall, M. (2015). Linguistic mudes: how to become a new speaker in Catalonia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), 167–187. doi:10.1515/ijsl-2014-0037 

Roger, Geoffrey & De Bres, J. (2017). Langues de France et Charte européenne des langues régionales et minoritaires : inventaire critique des arguments anti-ratification (2014-2015). Sociolinguistic Studies 

Smith-Christmas, C.  (2016). Regression on the Fused Lect Continuum?:  Discourse Markers in Scottish Gaelic-English Speech. Journal of Pragmatics, 94, 64-75 

Smith-Christmas, C. (2016).  'Is it really for talking?:'  The implications of associating a minority language with the school.  Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 30 (1), 32-47.