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Creative ambiguity in the service of language policy and new speakers

Williams, Colin 2019. Creative ambiguity in the service of language policy and new speakers. Language Policy 18 (4) , pp. 593-608. 10.1007/s10993-018-9500-8

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This paper critiques the contribution made by specialists working within the COST Action Network on New Speakers Programme. It then offers an evaluation of the progress made to date in a number of fields such as conceptual advancement, ideological dispositions, migration and international mobility before contributing a series of policy related recommendations and an assessment of the challenges yet to be faced by researchers and practitioners. The first challenge is the parallel cross‐fertilisation of evidence and best practice from new speaker experiences within hegemonic and lesser used languages and also the particular additional hurdles faced by those who simultaneously grapple with a new hegemonic and lesser used language in tandem, such as English and Irish which must surely be a daunting prospect for migrants and refugees alike. The second is to analyse how and to what extent members of the host community either welcome or frustrate the attempts by new speakers to be fully accepted as co‐equal members, and with what consequences for the perseverance of new speakers. The third is to distil the essence of this new wave of research into practical policy proposals in a range of domains so that outcome‐based programmes and actions can be initiated by political authorities who are charged with improving the opportunities and realisation of those who wish to move beyond being learners of a target language into being active new speakers and full participants in their chosen milieu.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1568-4555
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 14 December 2018
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 11:11

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