Speakerness: Subjectivities, Trajectories and Socialisation - Members

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  Estibaliz Amorrortu (Universidad de Deusto)
  Jannis Androutsopoulos (Universität Hamburg)
  Tulay Caglitutuncigil (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  Constadina Charalambous (PhD, King’s College London) is an Assistant Professor of Language Education & Literacy at the European University of Cyprus. Her research interests include language education, interactional sociolinguistics, and language learning in contexts of conflict. She has recently completed a project on investigating the role of language learning in promoting peaceful coexistence (funded by the Levehulme Trust). She has also conducted research on peace education initiatives in Cyprus and has been involved in teacher-training seminars. She has publications in many international peer reviewed journals (eg. Linguistics & Education, Teaching and Teachers Education, Applied Linguistics, Language and Intercultural communication, etc.) and she has recently co-authored a book entitled “Peace education in a conflict-affected context (2016, Cambridge University Press). 
    Panayiota Charalambous (European University of Cyprus)
  Stuart Dunmore (University of Glasgow)
    Alicia Fernández Barrera (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
  Avel·lí Flors-Mas (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). Currently I am finishing my PhD, where I compare the effects of language-in- education policies in Catalonia and Valencia on the linguistic repertoires and trajectories of secondary-school students with different linguistic backgrounds. I also work in the educational sociolinguistics group at the Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and Communication at the Universitat de Barcelona (CUSC-UB).
  Maria Rosa Garrido Sardà is a postdoc researcher at the Institute of Multilingualism, University of Fribourg. Her on-going postdoc research explores language, mobility and identity in the trajectories of  skilled workers who cross linguistic and national borders for humanitarian work.
  Jone Goirigolzarri (Universidad de Deusto)
  Elisa Hidalgo McCabe (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) is a PhD student from Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Her research focuses on the sociolinguistic factors affecting students’ trajectories from primary to secondary bilingual education. She is currently a member of the research group UAM-CLIL through her involvement in the project TRANS-CLIL investigating the transition from primary to secondary education in CLIL contexts. During her Master studies in Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, she participated in the Parent-Teacher Literacy Project on the development of language and literacy skills of migrant adults. Her current research interests include language ideologies, teaching in a foreign language (CLIL) and classroom interaction. She is currently exploring the language trajectories of students attending bilingual public schools in Madrid, Spain, with a focus on the ways in which they become “new speakers” of English. She is also addressing globalization and mobility in relation to multilingual language policies and their impact on bilingual education programmes in Madrid.
    Kathryn Jones (IAITH: Welsh Centre for Language Planning)
  Stephen Joyce (Roinn na Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh / Department of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway). Currently I'm working on a doctoral research project examining the motivations, identities and language ideologies of young new speakers of Irish and Basque, focusing on established and emerging urban spaces for language socialisation.
  Elina Kangas (MultiLing, University of Oslo)
  Clara Keating (Universidade de Coimbra)
  Pia Lane (MultiLing, University of Oslo)
  Janet Laugharne (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
  Deirdre Ní Loingsigh (University of Limerick/Ollscoil Luimnigh). With regard to WG8, my current research on new speakers relates to the following themes: Language advising and new speakerness; the language support requirements of new speakers of Irish; new speakers of Irish in the organisational context; the spatial practices of new speakers & the deployment and appropriation of physical and virtual spaces for language use; safe space(s); spaces of transformation; language anxiety; new speaker networks and the role of the “cultural architect”; and finally, the scope of participatory action research (PAR) on new speakers.

Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak (Trinity College Dublin) completed her Ph.D. in 2015 in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. She is working as a lecturer in Marino Institute of Education, an associated college of Trinity College Dublin. In her doctoral thesis she has focused on first and second language socialization among Polish immigrant adolescents living in Ireland. Her research relate to the areas such as: sociology of language, intercultural communication, internationalization of education, language learning and maintenance, multilingualism, integration of migrant minorities, discourse analysis, affective and epistemic stance taking through discourse, identity and power relations inherent in society. Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak and Karolina Rosiak are recently working on language socialisation and affect in Polish migrants to Ireland and Wales. Subjectivities and identities are taken into account in our explorations of “newspeakerness”.

  Marina Massaguer Comes is a PhD candidate in Sociolinguistics at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). She is interested in the study of bi/multilingualism in Catalonia, language ideologies, and the relationship between language and identity. Her PhD research project, “Non-Catalan Speakers in Catalonia: Power, Belonging, and Legitimacy in the Post-National Era”, focuses on people living in Catalonia who do not speak Catalan or do so very rarely. Marina’s project aims to explore these profiles of speakers precisely in terms of how they position themselves in relation to socially available categorisations connected to language, ethnocultural identity, and other socioeconomic aspects; how they accept, contest or negotiate general assumption regarding these categories, and what the consequences of these processes are both for the individuals and for the community.
  Máiréad Moriarty (University of Limerick/Ollscoil Luimnigh)
  Anik Nandi (Heriot-Watt University). I am also a research associate in Galician sociolinguistics at Institute of Galician Language, USC, Spain and external Research Fellow in the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage at UBC, Spain. My research interests include language policy and planning, family language policy, intergenerational transmission, Spanish sociolinguistics, Galician language and new speakers.

Kevin Petit Cahill (Université Lumière Lyon2) is a doctoral student under the supervision of  Peter Griggs (Université Lumière Lyon2) et James Costa (Sorbonne Nouvelle University). His doctoral research is entitled Learning Irish through Immersion: A sociolinguistic ethnography of summer colleges. It focuses on language choices and language ritualization in interactions during «immersion» Irish language courses and aims at understanding the role played by language in the social relationships between speakers of Irish with varying degrees of fluency and from different geographic and social backgrounds, through the analysis of interviews, field notes, questionnaires, audio recordings of interactions in class, and official documents.

  Maite Puigdevall Serralvo (Universitat Oberta de Catalyunya). My research focuses on new speakers of Catalan; language trajectories and “mudes”; spaces for language learning and “mudes”; language and emotions.
  Ana María Relaño Pastor (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
Facundo Reyna Muniain (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
  Karolina Rosiak (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu). My research focuses on socialisation and language ideologies of Polish migrants in Wales.
  Agnese Sampietro. Her dissertation (defended in May 2016) was the first thesis from a linguistic perspective focused on the phenomenon of emoticons and emoji.
    Nora Schleicher (BKF University of Applied Sciences, Budapest)
  Minna Suni (Jyväskylän yliopisto / Jyväskylä University)
  Tom Van Hout (Universiteit Leiden)
  Ellen Van Praet (Universiteit Gent)
  Dr. John Walsh is a Senior Lecturer in Irish at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He teaches sociolinguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2012, he was appointed Vice-Dean for Research in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. Dr. Walsh’s doctorate on the influence of the Irish language on Ireland socio-economic development was awarded by Dublin City University. Before that, he completed an MA in International Relations (Sociology, Politics, Law) also at DCU. He holds a BA in Irish and Welsh from University College Dublin. Dr. Walsh previously worked as a lecturer in Irish at DCU, with the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages in Brussels, and as a journalist with Raidió Teilifís Éireann and TG4. His current research focuses on the ideologies and motivations of ‘new speakers’ of minority languages, people who were not raised speaking those languages but who speak them fluently and regularly.


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  • John Walsh (WG leader)
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  • Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak (Communication Officer)
  • Avel·lí Flors-Mas (Communication Officer)