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Language, Identity and Migration

Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities


Vera Regan, Chloé Diskin and Jennifer Martyn

This volume presents a collection of the latest scholarly research on language, migration and identity. In a globalised world where migratory patterns are in constant flux, the traditional notion of the ‘immigrant’ has shifted to include more fluid perspectives of the migrant as a transnational and the language learner as a complex individual possessing a range of dynamic social and contextual identities. This book presents a variety of studies of transnational speakers and communities. It includes research conducted within both established and emerging methodological traditions and frameworks and explores a wide range of contexts and geographical locations, from the multilingual language classroom to the migrant experience, and from Ireland to Eritrea.

This book was published with the generous support of the National University of Ireland Publications Scheme.
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BARBARA BIDZIŃSKA was born in Warsaw. She holds a PhD in applied linguistics from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include language transfer in second/third language acquisition, language attrition, native language maintenance and the social psychology of inter-ethnic relations. She translates from Polish into English and German.

REGINA UÍ CHOLLATÁIN is a senior lecturer and Head of the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore at University College Dublin. Her main research focuses on media and the Irish language Revival, which was the subject of her first book, An Claidheamh Soluis agus Fáinne an Lae 1899–1932 (2004). Her current research examines this topic in a national and international context. Other publications include Iriseoirí Pinn (2008) and the co-edited books P. H. Pearse: Life and After-life/Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht (2009), An Greann sa Ghaeilge (2013) and Cnuasach Comhar 1982–2012 (2014). She has also published widely in scholarly and cultural journals. She is Chairperson of the National Irish Language Development Forum.

CHLOÉ DISKIN earned her PhD in sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition at University College Dublin in 2015. Her research looks at second language acquisition issues such as identity and language learning from a variationist perspective. She is particularly interested in discourse-pragmatic variation and change. She is co-author with Vera Regan of ‘Migratory Experience and Second Language Acquisition among Polish and Chinese Migrants in Dublin, Ireland’, in Cultural Migrants and Optimal Language Acquisition (2015). She holds an MA...

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