General Research Interests
Language Politics, Language ideologies, Language Policy and Planning
Publications and Conference Papers
2018: Ethical dilemmas in researching minority languages youths’ linguistic identities. – British Education Research Association – Cardiff University – Wales
2018: Tud bet skoliataet e Diwan, Treuzkas ar yezh en o buhez pemdez - L'Institut Supérieur des Langues de la République Française – UBO Quimper – Brittany – France
2017: Experiences of a "Neo-native" speaker, language activism and the ECRML(as a stakeholder) – Whole Action Conference - University of Coimbra - Portugal
2017: Understanding former Diwan pupils’ attitudes, challenges and opportunities in revitalizing the Breton language transmission within the family - International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11) – Limerick University - Ireland
2017: Understanding former Diwan pupils’ attitudes, challenges and opportunities in revitalizing the Breton language transmission within the family - Association of Celtic Students of Britain and Ireland – Glasgow University – Scotland
2015: Understanding former Diwan pupils’ attitudes, challenges and opportunities in revitalizing the Breton language transmission within the family - The Regional Languages of France: Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century – University of Leicester – England.
2015: Breton: From a community language to a language community - Association of Celtic Students of Britain and Ireland – Falmouth University – Cornwall.
2014: Young people nowadays and the social use of the Breton language - Association of Celtic Students of Britain and Ireland – Aberystwyth University – Wales.
2013: Young Bretons, language and Identity - The International Celtic Congress – Bodmin - Cornwall
2016-2017 IP10820 Approaching the Political
2016-2017 IP12620 Behind the Headlines
Critical Cultural Politics and Racialisation Group – Co-convenor
My thesis seeks to explore the impact of minority language education systems on second language youth sense-making.
My PhD research aims to better understand the experiences of young people who have acquired a minority language as a second language in French comprehensive schools (Lycée). It does so by focusing on two main issues. Firstly, the project examines the ways in which language ideologies are “produced” within minority language schools as well as at regional and state level. Secondly, the thesis focuses on youths’ language ideologies and practices and the way these are articulated and negotiated amongst themselves as well as with state, regional and school macro-hegemonies.
This research project is based on data collected in four schools in both Brittany and Corsica and which all have different approaches to minority language teaching. Although, both regions and the four schools face structural difficulties in promoting the acquisition of their minority languages within the French education system, this research wishes to understand better how young people contextualise differently issues surrounding language injustices and wishes to shed light on the negotiation and interpretation of multiple and conflicting language discourses and ideologies. Young people for the sake of this research are individuals in classe de première (year 12) and classe de terminale (year 13) between the age of 16 to 18 years old.