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Anik Nandi (India) is a final year PhD student at the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies (LINCS) of Heriot-Watt University (UK). He is also external research fellow at the Instituto da Lingua Galega (Spain) and in the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage at University of Basque Country (Spain). His research centres on Language Policy and Planning, language revitalisation strategies, minority issues, and Galician studies.

Researching Bottom-Up Language Policies in Galicia

Researching Bottom-Up Language Policies in Galicia

My research seeks to investigate the role of individual agency (such as individual parents) in the interpretation and implementation of language policy at the grassroots level.

This is studied in relation to Galician new-speaker parents who through their individual linguistic behaviour play a prominent role in the revitalisation and maintenance of Galician at the home domain, particularly in the context of framing bottom-up language policies on the ground.

I have been working on this topic for the past two and half years with my supervisors Bernie O’Rourke and Máiréad Nic Craith at Heriot-Watt University’s Intercultural Research Centre.

I applied for a Short Term Scientific Mission fund (STSM) to collect discussion data from two focus groups and carry out a family language audit to understand the language practices of Galician new-speaker parents at home.

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