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Global ambitions and local identities: New speakers’ access to linguistic markets and resources

Selleck, Charlotte

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A growing body of literature has addressed the phenomenon of superdiversity (see Blommaert 2011) to account for the linguistic, socio-political, cultural and economic complexities, mobilities, flows, uncertainties and unpredictabilities of the current age. Heller (2010) argued that the globalized new economy is bound up with transformations of language and identity in many different ways (E.g. Bauman 1997; Castells 2000; Giddens 1990). This paper seeks to track the relative value of both Welsh and English and to explore the different social values associated with language varieties in particular contexts. It does this, by addressing the ‘new’ or ‘learner’ speaker, providing a lens through which to investigate the contemporary dynamics of minority language communities. These ‘new’ or ‘learner’ speakers have learnt a minority language through non-traditional routes and this article seeks to understand what linguistic varieties are capitalized by these students, how they characterise their own language knowledge and how these ‘new speakers’ are positioned in relation to mobility and the new globalised economy. Additionally, the paper seeks to explore how disparities in terms of access to resources can impact on new speakers’ trajectories – in other words, how different routes to bilingualism are perceived as opening or closing metaphorical
doors.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Language, Culture and Curriculum
Print ISSN 0790-8318
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Selleck, C. (in press). Global ambitions and local identities: New speakers’ access to linguistic markets and resources. Language, Culture and Curriculum, https://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2020.1726375
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2020.1726375
Keywords Welsh, new speakers, language commodification
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rlcc20/current

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