Speakerness: Subjectivities, Trajectories and Socialisation

In WG8 we see new speakers as individuals with little or no home or community exposure to a language but who instead acquire it through formal or informal educational settings, as adult language learners, in the workplace, through revitalization projects or as a consequence of their geographical mobility (migration). We also include speakers who have been passive bilinguals and have started to actively use a minority language through everyday interactions in the new speaker category (Walsh and Lane 2014). Drawing from the different projects in which members of this group are working currently or are planning to work on in the near future we agreed to focus the work of Working Group 8 on three main topics:

  • Language trajectories and mudes. This refers to the language-based journeys taken by individuals or groups, both in the process of becoming new speakers, and also in moving beyond the new speaker category. Mudes or linguistic shifts are specific biographical junctures where individuals enact significant changes in their linguistic repertoire.
  • Spaces for language learning. These are also at the centre of our interests as we want to know how and where new speakers acquire the language or variety.
  • Subjectivities. We want to explore how we get shaped by multilingualism and how people conceptualise themselves as multilinguals. Thus, subjectivities and identities will be taken into account in our explorations of newspeakerness.

+ info: Maite Puigdevall & John Walsh (2017). "WG 8 Report (Period of Phase 2: April 2015 to September 2016). Speakerness: Subjectivities, Trajectories, Spaces". (link)

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Maite Puigdevall Serralvo

WG leader

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 John Walsh

WG leader

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Marina Massaguer Comes

Publication Officer

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Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak

Communication Officer

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Avel·lí Flors-Mas

Communication Officer

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  • Maite Puigdevall Serralvo (WG leader)
  • John Walsh (WG leader)
  • Marina Massaguer Comes (Publication Officer)
  • Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak (Communication Officer)
  • Avel·lí Flors-Mas (Communication Officer)