|Starts:||13:00 16 Dec 2014|
|Ends:||14:00 16 Dec 2014|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, General public|
|Speaker:||Prof Alison Phipps|
The Diversity of Persistence: A Critical Analysis of Language Policy and Ethnicity in Scotland
Language offerings in Scotland are diverse and have their own acute sense of their situation. Some have a precarious hold, others are buoyant.
In a research and teaching context increasingly determined by league tables and ‘power rankings’ this paper will consider a variety of insecurities which have manifested themselves in the context of the Gaelic Language Act (Scotland) and in the changing landscape of modern languages, symbolically represented in the university sector, and through the new Curriculum for Excellence for Scottish Schools.
In particular it critically examines some of the less visible aspects and informal forms of language practices which thrive or survive in Scotland today. It does so by allowing debates about linguistic diversity and linguistic hospitality to intersect with discussions of ethnicity.
Drawing theoretically from Forsdick, Cronin (Cameron 1995; Cronin 2003; Cronin 2006; Cronin 2012; Forsdick 2005) and from post-colonial and indigenous scholars of languages including Tuhiwai Smith and Muehlmann (Muehlmann 2007; Tuhiwai Smith 2012) the paper considers the legislative environment with regard to language planning in Scotland and offers some theoretical ways forward.
Prof Alison Phipps - http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/staff/alisonphipps/
Prof Alison Phipps
Organisation: University of Glasgow
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