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

Jan 18, 2016

Thick description and telling discourse: An ethnographic writing workshop led by Dr. Lindsay Bell (State University of New York at Oswego). University of Jyväskylä 11-12.12.2015.

Dec 4, 2015

Helen Kelly-Holmes and Sari Pietikäinen 2016. Language: A Challenging Resource in a Museum of Sámi Culture. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 16 (1), 24-41.

Nov 27, 2015

Sari Pietikäinen 2015: Carnivalesque Critique: Category transgression in the changing Arctic North. Paper presented in the panel: Capitalizing on the carnivalesque: Questioning transgressive humor, language and power. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. November 18-22, 2015.

Nov 27, 2015

Emanuel da Silva 2015: "The shit I love about Portuguese people is...": Capitalizing on sociolinguistic transgression. Paper presented in the panel Capitalizing on the carnivalesque: Questioning transgressive humor, language and power. American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. November 18-22, 2015.