Language Policy and the New Speaker Challenge

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 9, 2023 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 402 pages
'New speakers' is a term used to describe those who have learnt a minority language not within their home or community settings, but through bilingual education, immersion or migration. Looking specifically at the impact of new speakers on language policy, this book provides an authoritative and detailed examination of minority language policy in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre, Catalonia and Galicia. Based on interviews with politicians, senior civil servants, academics and civil society activists, it assesses the extent to which interventions derived from a new speakers' perspective has been incorporated into official language practice. It describes several challenges faced by new speakers, before proposing specific recommendations on how to integrate them into established minority language communities. Shedding new light on the deeper issues faced by minority language communities, it is essential reading for students and researchers in sociolinguistics, language policy and planning, language education, bi- and multilingualism.
 

Contents

A New Speaker Triptych
31
Normalised Expectations
53
2011 Census 3 2 Number able to speak Welsh by community 2011 By page
56
Cautious Consideration
110
Tempered Acceptance
154
Enthusiastic
212
Unalloyed Support?
254
The Policy Community and Recommendations on New Speakers
306
Contemporary Challenges
336
Appendices
345
Index
376
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Colin H. Williams is Senior Research Associate at the Von Hgel Institute, University of Cambridge, and Honorary Professor at Cardiff University. He has been a policy adviser to governments in the UK, Ireland and Canada. Notable publications include Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context (2013) and Minority Language Promotion, Protection and Regulation (2013).

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