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‘New speakers’ and language policy research: thematic and theoretical contributions to the field
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2813-0101
2019 (English)In: Language Policy, ISSN 1568-4555, E-ISSN 1573-1863, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 475-491Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we reflect on the extent to which ‘new speaker’ research feeds into recent theoretical discussions in language policy scholarship, especially in connection to the discursive and ethnographically oriented perspectives which of late have become increasingly prominent. We begin with a brief overview of the ‘new speaker’ concept, its theoretical and empirical origins, and then we situate the discussions on ‘new speakers’ against the background of traditional language policy research. Thereafter the bulk of the article is dedicated to developing two main arguments: first, we provide an overview of the language policy themes that are already present in ‘new speaker’ research; and secondly, we elaborate on how ‘new speaker’ studies can contribute to current discussions in the field of language policy. We conclude with a short overview of future research directions that, in our view, can strengthen the link and the mutual benefits of the connection between ‘new speaker’ and language policy scholarship.

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2019. Vol. 18, no 4, p. 475-491
Keywords [en]
‘New speakers’, Language policy, Ethnography of language policy, Minority languages
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167016DOI: 10.1007/s10993-018-9506-2ISI: 000492412800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167016DiVA, id: diva2:1295836
Available from: 2019-03-13 Created: 2019-03-13 Last updated: 2019-12-09Bibliographically approved

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