Oct 16

Atxaga Chair Lecture: “Becoming an Active Speaker”

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages

invites you to attend

“Becoming an Active Speaker: The Case of Young New Speakers of Basque”

Professor Estíbaliz Amorrortu, Universidad de Deusto
Bernardo Atxaga Chair in Basque Literature and Linguistics

About the talk: The numbers of new speakers (NS) of Basque has increased considerably due in part to the introduction of this language in the educational system. In this talk we examine the factors that play a role in the process of becoming, or not, an active speaker and the relationship between this process and the linguistic identity adopted by different types of speakers. We focus on youngsters who learnt Basque in school in immersion models.

About Professor Amorrortu: Professor Amorrortu works in the field of Basque sociolinguistics. She obtained her PhD from the University of Southern California with a dissertation on attitudes towards different varieties of Basque. She is co-author of the following books: Actitudes y prejuicios de los castellanohablantes hacia el euskera (2009) y Nuevos hablantes de euskera: experiencias, actitudes e identidades (in press).

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