Speakerness: Subjectivities, Trajectories and Socialisation


Past Events

Sociolinguistics Summer School 8-COST Action 1S1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe Training School

WG8 Committee encourages Early Career Researchers working within WG8 to attend and present their preliminary results in this event, taking place at the historical building of the Universitat de Barcelona, 4th-7th July 2017, and co-hosted by COST Action 1S1306, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and the Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and Communication at Universitat de Barcelona (CUSC-UB).

Sociolinguistics Summer School is an annual international meeting point organised by and directed to MA and PhD students and early career researchers. SSS provides them a great opportunity to both attend plenary lectures and workshops conducted by leading researchers in the field and to present and discuss their own findings with fellow ECR’s.

Traditionally organised in England, Scotland and Ireland, the 7th edition of SSS disembarked for the first time on the continent to take place in Lyon in 2016. For 2017, the IdentiCat research group of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) offered to host SSS8 in Barcelona as part of the activities of the ISCH COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe. Newspeakerness in relation to globalisation, management of multilingualism, and social identity will be the core theme of the SSS8, although presentations about all the current trends in sociolinguistics will be welcomed.

Panels at conferences

Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, June 15th-18th 2016

New speakers: Subjectivities, trajectories and spaces (link)

Coordinators: Maite Puigdevall-Serralvo and Pia Lane


  • Maite Puigdevall-Serralvo, John Walsh & Estibaliz Amorrortu: Emotions and new speakers of Irish, Basque and Catalan
  • Clara Keating & Pia Lane: New speakers and life trajectories - an analysis of language experiences of Portuguese migrant speakers and Kven heritage speakers
  • Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak, Karolina Rosiak, Kathryn Jones: 'They lie, swear and their weddings are completely different' -language socialisation and affect in Polish migrants to Ireland and Wales
  • Facundo Reyna Muniain, Anik Nandi & Ibon Manterola: New speaker parents‘ language revitalisation strategies in diasporic and autochthonous  contexts: Cases from Galician and Basque medium immersion schools



The New Speakers Network Whole Action Conference, Universität Hamburg, May 12th-14th 2016
Panel 1. Language trajectories (link)

Coordinators: Pia Lane and Maite Puigdevall Serralvo


  • John Walsh, Maite Puigdevall, Estibaliz Amorrortu & Jone Gorigoizarri: Emotions and new speakers of Irish, Basque and Catalan
  • Kevin Petit: The Irish summer college rite of passage
  • Elina Kangas: “New speakers” of Meänkieli and language standardisation: practices and tensions
  • Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak, Karolina Rosiak & Kathryn Jones: ‘They lie, swear and their weddings are completely different’ - language socialisation and affect in Polish migrants to Ireland and Wales
  • Nóra Schleicher & Minna Suni: To go or not to go? The role of language in the migration process of medical workers
  • Maria Rosa Garrido: Historicising new speakers of French for humanitarian work: Internationalisation, mobility and multilingualism


Panel 2. Spaces of language socialisation (link)

Coordinators: Pia Lane and Maite Puigdevall Serralvo


  • Avel·lí Flors-Mas: “It’s not that I don‘t want to speak Catalan, it‘s that you can’t speak it”. Linguistic repertoires and practices of migrant secondary-school students in Castelló de la Plana (Valencia, Spain)
  • Stephen Joyce: New speakers of Irish: The creation of new spaces of language socialisation
  • Deirdre Ní Loingsigh: Mandate, risk-taking and meaning-making: the spatial practices of new speakers of Irish in the workplace
  • Constadina Charalambous, Panayiota Charalambous & Ben Rampton: Language learning and trajectories of dislocation: insights from learning Turkish in Greek-Cypriot classrooms
  • Elisa A. Hidalgo McCabe : Student trajectories in the high and low immersion bilingual classroom
  • Ana María Relaño Pastor & Alicia Fernández Barrera: The ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ of language socialization practices among bilingual teachers in La Mancha schools


Stakeholder events

ESOL Provision for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Nov 24th and 25th 2016

Organizer: Máiréad Moriarty

Description: This event brought key stakeholders in the provision of English language to refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland together. The key stakeholders who took part included: (i) refugees and asylum seekers who avail of both formal and informal ESOL provision in Ireland; (2) ESOL teachers and practitioners and (3) those who coordinate and manage the provision of these services. The event concentrated on the development of a national language policy which will now be presented to the Department of Education and Skills.


Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ Needs of Analysis

April to July 2016

Organizer: Máiréad Moriarty

Description: A needs analysis was conducted amongst recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers to Ireland on their perspective on the form on English language training they requires.

MultiLing, University of Oslo


Get in Touch

  • 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)