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

Feb 17, 2015

Emanuel da Silva 2015: “Somos todos portugueses…mais ou menos”: ideologias etnolinguísticas na comunidade portuguesa de Toronto. (“We’re all Portuguese...more or less”: Ethnolinguistic ideologies in Toronto’s Portuguese community). Paper presented at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, and the Observatório da Emigração. University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. February 9, 2015.

Feb 17, 2015

Emanuel da Silva 2015: Desconstruindo a economia política do multilinguismo através de uma sociolinguistica crítica e etnográfica (Deconstructing the political economy of multilingualism through a critical and ethnographic sociolinguistics). Paper presented at 2ª Mesa Redonda Interdisciplinar - Multilinguismos: Métodos e espaços de ação em/com português (2nd Interdisciplinary Roundtable – Multilingualisms: Methods and spaces of action in/with Portuguese). University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. February 6, 2015.

Feb 13, 2015

Strategies for local language work. Seminar at the Sámi education Institute by Dr. Kathryn Jones and Prof. Sari Pietikäinen. Inari, Finland, 30-31.1.2015.

Feb 9, 2015

Emanuel da Silva 2015: Linguistic brothers or Others? Competing ideologies of legitimacy in Toronto’s Portuguese-speaking transnational market. Paper presented at congress 1º Congresso da Associação Internacional de Ciências Sociais e Humanas em Língua Portuguesa. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. February 1-5, 2015.