Peripheral multilingualism

Sociolinguistic ethnography of contestation and innovation in multilingual Sámi, Corsican, Irish and Welsh indigenous and minority language contexts.

Peripheral multilingualism examines contestation and innovation in multilingual Sámi, Corsican, Irish and Welsh indigenous and minority language contexts. Starting from the premise that the relative fixity and fluidity of language boundaries are emergent properties of interaction, we focus on the tensions and creativity that arise from complex and changing multilingual processes, practices and experiences in these contexts. We argue that peripheral multilingual minority language sites are particularly revealing for rethinking what multilingualism means as they call into question the very nature of categories like “language” and “speaker”. We adopt a collaborative, multisited ethnography together with a discourse studies approach to identify and explore linguistic, social and ideological characteristics of peripheral multilingualism present across these indigenous and minority language contexts.

Recent News

Sep 22, 2014

Sari Pietikäinen 2014: Spatial interaction in Sámiland: Regulative and transitory chronotopes in the dynamic multilingual landscape of an indigenous Sámi village. International Journal of Bilingualism 18 (5), 478-490.

Aug 18, 2014

Kati Dlaske 2014: Semiotics of pride and profit: interrogating commodification in indigenous handicraft production. Social Semiotics July 31, 2014. Published before print.

Jul 10, 2014

Máiréad Moriarty 2014: Súil Eile: Media, sociolinguistic change and the Irish language. In: Jannis Androutsopoulos (ed.), Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change, p. 463–486. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Jul 10, 2014

Sari Pietikäinen 2014: Circulation of indigenous Sámi resources across media spaces. A rhizomatic discourse approach. In: Jannis Androutsopoulos (ed.), Mediatization and Sociolinguistic Change, p. 515–538. Berlin: De Gruyter.