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Resistance and adaptation to newspeakerness in educational institutions: two tales from Estonia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)In: Language Policy, ISSN 1568-4555, E-ISSN 1573-1863Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The term ‘new speaker’ has recently emerged as an attempt by sociolinguists not only to understand the different types of speaker profiles that can be found in contemporary societies, but also to grasp the underlying processes of becoming a legitimate speaker in a given society. In this article, we combine the results from two studies situated in two educational institutions in Estonia in order to find out about speakers’ language attitudes and experiences in connection to learning and using Estonian. We concentrate on members of the international community who have relatively recently arrived to the country. Our results indicate that these speakers fluctuate between two prototypical discourses, which we broadly dub as ‘resistance’ and ‘adaptation’ to newspeakerness. Our study thereby adds to current debates on ‘new speaker’ and language policy issues by illustrating how tensions around language legitimacy are played out on the ground in a small nation state such as Estonia.

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2019.
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Language policy, Language attitudes, ‘New speakers’, Estonia, Languages in education
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167015DOI: 10.1007/s10993-018-9497-zOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167015DiVA, id: diva2:1295835
Available from: 2019-03-13 Created: 2019-03-13 Last updated: 2019-03-13

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