New Speakers and Language Revitalisation: Arpitan and Community (Re)formation

Kasstan, J. 2019. New Speakers and Language Revitalisation: Arpitan and Community (Re)formation. in: Harrison, M. and Joubert, A. (ed.) French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 149-170

Chapter titleNew Speakers and Language Revitalisation: Arpitan and Community (Re)formation
AuthorsKasstan, J.
EditorsHarrison, M.
Joubert, A.
Abstract

Today, it is uncontroversial to claim that France’s regional (minority) languages (RLs) are in decline. However, revitalisation movements have nonetheless continued to surface, and this chapter considers one by-product of such efforts: the emergence of new speakers in RL contexts. The term ‘new speaker’ refers to individuals who acquire the target language not through traditional transmission contexts (e.g. home, family), but instead as adults through language revitalisation initiatives. The chapter focuses on revitalisation efforts in the context of Francoprovençal, a severely endangered and understudied RL spoken transnationally across French, Italian and Swiss borders. A critical examination of current studies supplemented with recently collected empirical data shows new speakers to be central agents in a movement championing proto-nation-statehood across national borders, reorienting the region’s traditional sociolinguistic field.

KeywordsNew speakers
Francoprovençal
Arpitan
Language endangerment
Book titleFrench Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century
Page range149-170
Year2019
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dates
Published15 Nov 2018
Published in print2019
Place of publicationBasingstoke
ISBN9783319959382
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/978-3-319-95939-9_7
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-95939-9

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