New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe
Bernadette O'Rourke (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK), Alexandre Duchêne (Head of working groupe "Transnational workers")
Federica Diemoz (University of Neuchâtel), Matthias Grünert (University of Fribourg)
European Cooperation in Science and Technology, ISCH COST Action IS1306
Globalisation, increased mobility and transnational networking transform the linguistic ecologies of contemporary societies. In this COST Action, the aim is to bring multilinguals into the focus of these processes by investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in acquiring, using and being understood as a “new speaker” of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe. New speakers, from this perspective, are all multilingual citizens who, by engaging with languages other than their “native” or “national” language(s), need to cross existing social boundaries, re-evaluate their own levels of linguistic competence and creatively (re-) structure their social practices to adapt to new and overlapping linguistic spaces.