My research interests centre primarily around the field of Language Policy
and Planning, and I am particularly interested in the subject of language
revitalisation. In addition to this, the fields of language in education,
sociolinguistics and discourse analysis are also areas in which I would like to deepen my knowledge.
Current Research Project
Policy, Policing and Resistance in Catalunya Nord online (Working Title)
(Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, my PhD project is now undergoing some significant re-orientation. This description will be updated as my project continues to redevelop.)
My doctoral project, spread over a series of different foci, will investigate the practices and beliefs of social media users in Catalunya Nord – a traditionally Catalan-speaking region in southern France – with a view to examining micro-level formation of and resistance to language policies online.
Other Research in Progress
‘One Language, two visions’: Synchronic language policy differences in Northern Ireland (working title)
This project studies two competing language policies surrounding the Irish language in Northern Ireland. (More details will be added soon)
Linguicide or Linguistic Suicide?: A Case Study of Indigenous Minority Languages in France
This paper considers two, frequently opposing, perspectives to describe the decline and death of minority and endangered languages, namely linguicide (e.g. Skutnabb-Kangas & Phillipson, 1995) and linguistic suicide (Beck & Lam, 2008). After critically overviewing the key implications of each perspective, it argues for the consideration of a framework which incorporates both: with linguicidal ideologies, internalised by speakers, prompting the changes in language attitudes which motivate their decisions abandon their mother or ancestral tongues. Following this, the case of indigenous minority languages (or langues régionales) in France is analysed, and attempts are made to identify the salient “active” and “passive” linguicidal ideological devices present in the “declared” (Shohamy, 2006) and “perceived” (Bonacina-Pugh, 2012) language policies from France’s history. An analysis of severalsources attesting to the “attitude shifts” on the part of speakers (cf. Sallabank, 2007), influenced by these language policies, is also included. The paper ends with an overview of more recent policies that could potentially reverse these negative attitudes, and, thus, perhaps, the effects of linguistic suicide.
Bonacina-Pugh, F. (2012) ‘Researching ‘practiced language policies’: insights from conversation analysis’. Language Policy, 11(3). 213-234.
Sallabank, J. (2010) ‘Language Endangerment: Problems and Solutions’. eSharp, Special Issue: Communicating Change: Representing Self and Community in a Technological World, [Online]. 50-87. Available: https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_141050_en.pdf [Accessed 29 June 2018].
Shohamy, E. (2006) Language policy : hidden agendas and new approaches. London: Routledge.
Skutnabb-Kangas, T. & Phillipson, R. (1995) ‘Linguicide and Linguicism’. In: Skutnabb-Kangas, T. & Phillipson, R. (eds.) Papers in European language Policy. Roskilde: Roskilde Universitetscenter, Lingvistgruppen. 83-91
The Charte de la langue française and Loi Toubon: A franco-québécois comparison of language policies intending to protect the
French language, and an evaluation of their effects
My undergraduate dissertation studied two language policies passed by the French and Quebec governments to regulate the use of the French language in various public domains, and to stem the growing use of Anglicisms in both societies. After providing a summary of the conditions that led to their enactment, and overviewing their main stipulations, I proceed to explore the effects/effectiveness of each policy, before considering the extent to which they were both “successful”