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.
James Costa (WG Leader)
Alfonso Del Percio (WG Leader)
Kamilla Kraft (Publications Officer)
Cassie Smith-Christmas (Communications Officer)
The following is a list of members' recent publications which specifically address the theme of 'new speakers.'
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.
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). '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.
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.
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