New speaker parents as grassroots policy makers in contemporary Galicia: ideologies, management and practices

O'Rourke, B. and Nandi, A. (2019) New speaker parents as grassroots policy makers in contemporary Galicia: ideologies, management and practices. Language Policy, 18(4), pp. 493-511. (doi: 10.1007/s10993-018-9498-y)

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Abstract

This study examines the role of new speaker parents who have made a conscious decision to bring up their children in Galician, a language which they themselves did not acquire in the home. Although intergenerational transmission has for long been considered a crucial part of linguistic vitality, new speakers bring complexity to this paradigm and in particular prompt questions about their role as parents and as potential agents of sociolinguistic change in the process of language revitalisation. Through their individual as well as collective linguistic practices, new speaker parents have the potential to generate visible and/or invisible language planning on the ground, influencing their children’s language learning and creating future generations of speakers. As such, these parents, through their own linguistic behaviour can play a potentially significant role in the revitalisation and maintenance of Galician outside the school through their family language policies in the home. Drawing on two focus group discussions involving seven families in two of Galicia’s urban centres, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo, we investigate, how these new speaker parents exercise their agency and become policy makers in their homes.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology as part of EU COST Action IS1306 entitled ‘New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges’. We would also like to acknowledge funding for the Sustaining Minoritized Languages in Europe (SMiLE) project supported by the Smithsonian Centre for Folklore and Cultural Heritage. The paper builds on a larger project, funded as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Fellowship for the project ‘New Speakers of Minority Languages and their role in Linguistic Revitalisation’ (Grant number AH/J00345X/1).
Keywords:Family language policy, new speaker parents, language revitalization, bilingualism, Galicia
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Rourke, Professor Bernadette
Authors: O'Rourke, B., and Nandi, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Journal Name:Language Policy
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1568-4555
ISSN (Online):1573-1863
Published Online:06 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Language Policy 18(4): 493-511
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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