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Workshop 5: Questioning the dichotomy between native and non-native speakers of Basque: types of speakers, language practices and ideologies around Basque in the 21st century


Esti Amorrortu (University of Deusto)


As a result of the process that took place at the end of the 20th century seeking to strengthen Basque, the number of speakers of the language has grown significantly. Other profiles have come to join that of those who have acquired Basque through primary socialisation, in the family and, in most cases, monolingually, and have attained a “full” command of the language: these include those who have learnt it in an environment other than the family, either as children or adults; learners of more than one language as children; and those who, having acquired Basque in childhood, have forgotten it over time. 

Variety abounds in the profiles and experiences of Basque speakers in the 21st century. Similarly, there have been changes in the ideologies associated with the language. In this workshop, we would like to focus on those who are not "traditional native speakers" of the language and would like to hear proposals on the following topics: works questioning the dichotomy between native and non-native speakers; analyses of language practices of non-traditional Basque speakers, their experiences and motivations; papers which analyse the ideologies and new discourses of Basque; proposals which reflect the legitimation processes of the different types of speakers.

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