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We’re Not Fully Welsh’: Hierarchies of Belonging Amongst ‘New’ Speakers of Welsh

Selleck, Charlotte (2017) We’re Not Fully Welsh’: Hierarchies of Belonging Amongst ‘New’ Speakers of Welsh. In: New Speakers of Minority Languages: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN Hardcover: 978-1-137-57557-9 Online: 978-1-137-57558-6 (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter addresses and seeks to problematise the concept of the ‘new’ and ‘learner’ speaker from the standpoint of a situated, ethnographic analysis and draws on research conducted in two contrasting secondary schools in south-west Wales: an English-medium school and a designated Welsh-medium school. The focus in this chapter lies in Ysgol Ardwyn1, an English-medium school where only 12 per cent of students reported speaking Welsh as first language or to a corresponding standard, and where approximately 88 per cent of the students can therefore be considered as ‘new’ or ‘learner’ speakers of Welsh. The intention is to understand how students at this English-medium school orientate to, contest, and re-define what it means to be ‘Welsh’ and ‘English’ and how they construct their own legitimacy as individuals, as language users and as speakers of a minority language.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: language, minority languages, communities, language ideologies and practices, Welsh language
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Charlotte Selleck
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 11:18
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2017 08:44
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5755

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