New speakers and language policy research: thematic and theoretical contributions to the field

Jeroen Darquennes, Josep Soler

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In this article, we reflect on the extent to which ‘new speaker’ research feeds into recent theoretical discussions in language policy scholarship, especially in connection to the discursive and ethnographically oriented perspectives which of late have become increasingly prominent. We begin with a brief overview of the ‘new speaker’ concept, its theoretical and empirical origins, and then we situate the discussions on ‘new speakers’ against the background of traditional language policy research. Thereafter the bulk of the article is dedicated to developing two main arguments: first, we provide an overview of the language policy themes that are already present in ‘new speaker’ research; and secondly, we elaborate on how ‘new speaker’ studies can contribute to current discussions in the field of language policy. We conclude with a short overview of future research directions that, in our view, can strengthen the link and the mutual benefits of the connection between ‘new speaker’ and language policy scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-491
Number of pages17
JournalLanguage Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • Ethnography of language policy
  • Language policy
  • Minority languages
  • ‘New speakers’

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    New speakers in language policy research: prospects and limitations

    Jeroen Darquennes (Speaker), & Josep Soler (Speaker)

    16 Mar 2017

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    BAAL conference 2016 - Taking stock of applied linguistics (joint presentation with Josep Soler-Carbonell)

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    1 Sep 2016

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