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

Nov 10, 2014

Sari Pietikäinen, Sarah Compton and Kati Dlaske 2014: Putting resources into practice: a nexus analysis of knowledge mobilization activities in language research and multilingual communities. Current Issues in Language Planning November 5, 2014. Published online before print.

Nov 6, 2014

Nikolas Coupland 2014: Language, society and authenticity: Themes and perspectives. In: Véronique Lacoste, Jakob Leimgruber and Thiemo Breyer (eds.) Indexing Authenticity: Sociolinguistic Perspectives, p. 14-39. (FRIAS Linguae & Litterae series). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Oct 29, 2014

Helen Kelly-Holmes and Sari Pietikäinen 2014: Commodifying Sámi culture in an indigenous tourism site. Journal of Sociolinguistics 18 (4), 518-538.

Oct 10, 2014

Sari Pietikäinen 2014: Transgressive humour, carnival multilingualism and center-periphery dynamics: Changing Sámi indigenuity in the Arctic North. Invited talk at McGill Univérsity, Montréal, Canada. October 1, 2014.