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Bernie O’Rourke is Professor in Spanish and Linguistics at Heriot-Watt University. Her research focuses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality. Drawing on theoretical frameworks and concepts in sociolinguistics and the sociology of language, she examines these processes as they unfold in minority language contexts with a particular focus on the Irish and Galician cases. She is Chair of the COST Action New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges.

Michael Hornsby works in the Department of Celtic languages and literatures in the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. His PhD (University of Southampton, 2009) examined the concept of new speakers of Breton and since then he has worked on comparative studies of new speakers of other minority languages, such as Yiddish and Lemko.

Dr Cassie Smith Christmas is a Research Fellow for Soillse, the Gaelic sociolinguistic research network based at UHI, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow.


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