New Speakers of Minority Languages

Linguistic Ideologies and Practices

  • Cassie Smith-Christmas
  • Noel P. Ó Murchadha
  • Michael Hornsby
  • Máiréad Moriarty

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Noel P. Ó Murchadha, Michael Hornsby, Cassie Smith-Christmas, Máiréad Moriarty
    Pages 1-22
  3. Bernadette O’Rourke, Fernando Ramallo
    Pages 91-109
  4. Stefan Moal, Noel P. Ó Murchadha, John Walsh
    Pages 189-212
  5. Cassie Smith-Christmas, Noel P. Ó Murchadha
    Pages 283-288
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 289-295

About this book


This book represents the first collection specifically devoted to New Speaker Studies, focusing on language ideologies and practices of speakers in a variety of minority language communities. Over thirteen chapters, it uses the new speaker lens to investigate not only linguistic issues, such as language variation and change, phonetics, morphosyntax, language acquisition, code-switching, but also sociolinguistic issues, such as legitimacy, integration, and motivation in language learning and use. Besides covering a range of languages - Basque, Breton, Galician, Giernesiei, Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh - and their different sociolinguistic situations, the chapters also encompass a series of interactional settings: institutional settings, media and the home domain, as well as different contexts for becoming a new speaker of a minority language, such as by migration or through education. This collection represents an output by a lively network of researchers: it will appeal to postgraduate students, researchers and academics working in the field of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, language policy and those working within minority language communities.

Cassie Smith-Christmas is a Research Fellow at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests involve the sociolinguistics of minority languages and she is the author of Family Language Policy: Maintaining an Endangered Language in the Home (Palgrave, 2016).

Noel.P. Ó Murchadha is Assistant Professor in Language Education at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests lie in the sociolinguistics of minority languages, particularly perceptions of linguistic variation in ‘small’ languages.

Michael Hornsby is Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, and head of its Centre for Celtic Studies. He is the author of Revitalizing Minority Languages: New speakers of Breton, Yiddish and Lemko (Palgrave, 2015).

Máiréad Moriarty is a lecturer in Sociolinguistics and New Media at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests lie in multilingualism and the place for minority languages in domains of popular culture. She is the author of Globalising Language Policy: An Irish Language Perspective (Palgrave, 2015).


applied linguistics education language linguistics minority language New Speak sociolinguistics teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Cassie Smith-Christmas
    • 1
  • Noel P. Ó Murchadha
    • 2
  • Michael Hornsby
    • 3
  • Máiréad Moriarty
    • 4
  1. 1.University of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland
  3. 3.Adam Mickiewicz UniversityPoznańPoland
  4. 4.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-57557-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57558-6
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