Institut Ramon LLull

Dr James Hawkey of the University of Bristol to teach a seminar in Catalan Sociolinguistics at the Graduate Center - CUNY

Language.  New York, 03/08/2021

The Mercè Rodoreda Chair in Catalan Studies is part of the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center - CUNY. Created in 2003 and funded by Institut Ramon Llull, each semester the Mercè Rodoreda Chair offers a course in Catalan literature and culture, and a course in Catalan sociolinguistics, alternatively. 

Seminar in Catalan Sociolinguistics for the Graduate Center - CUNY students only: September 20-24, 2021. The seminar taught by Dr James Hawkey, of the University of Bristol, will introduce students to a range of themes in Catalan sociolinguistics. It will start with some historical background to the Catalan language, and go on to cover language contact, language variation, language policy, language attitudes and language ideologies, before bringing them all together. 

In his final lecture, “Wow, I’m worth something! I have five languages!” The Value of Catalans as Part of Multilingual Speaker Repertoires in the Pyrenes, D Hawkey will discuss his latest research on the sociolinguistics of migration in Andorra, a tiny country where Catalan is the sole official language. The lecture will be on Zoom and free and open to general public. 

In the Pyrenees mountains, Catalan exists alongside Spanish and French, as well other languages linked to migration and globalization. This talk looks at two Catalan-speaking regions in the Pyrenees – Northern Catalonia (in France) and Andorra – and examines how speakers attach value to their multilingualism, by focusing on data from interviews and language attitudes surveys.

Dr Hawkey's work focuses on issues in contemporary Catalan sociolinguistics. His specialisms within this field are broad-ranging, including language attitudes, language contact, sociophonetics, and issues surrounding language and migration. 


Final lecture free and open to the public: “Wow, I’m worth something! I have five languages!” The Value of Catalans as Part of Multilingual Speaker Repertoires in the Pyrenes

September 24, 2021, 12:30pm EST. On Zoom.

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