Enclavaments lingüístics: Recursos verbals, ideologia, comunitats. L'Alguer

  • Argenter Giralt, Joan Albert (Principal Investigator)
  • Branchadell Gallo, Albert (Researcher on contract)
  • Armangué Herrero, Joan (Investigator)
  • Bosch Rodoreda, Andreu (Investigator)
  • Bover Font, August (Investigator)
  • Carrera Baiget, Aitor (Investigator)
  • Chessa, Enrico (Investigator)
  • García Galceran, Anna (Investigator)
  • Lorenzo Suárez, Anxo (Investigator)
  • Martí Castells, Joan (Investigator)
  • Pujolar Cos, Joan (Investigator)

Project Details


Linguistic enclaves are not always linguistically bounded homogeneous communities, but rather complex communities, characterized by multilingualism and heteroglossia, because of their sociolinguistic history and the origins of their population. Alghero, a Catalan-speaking enclave in Sardinia; la Val d'Aran, an Occitan-speaking enclave in Catalonia; Gibraltar, an English-speaking enclave in southernmost Iberian Peninsula; extraterritorial Galician-speaking enclaves; and the French -speaking enclaves in Ontario (Canada) are cases in point. These contexts are small linguistic and sociolinguistic labs, where language and identity dynamics under globalization; the maintenance and loss of verbal resources; the assignment and redefinition of identities; conflicts their local situation according to a certain way of being in the world and positioning the members of the community with respect to each other and to other peoples, may be carefully observed. Moreover, language shift is common in those settings, and, where ongoing language shift occurs, it entails language formal reduction and functional retraction as well as a reduction in the number of speakers and their land. Each enclave defines a research domain, and phenomena such as those mentioned shall draw our attention in our research. Our goal is to make ethnographical descriptions that should permit comparison and bear on: a) the collection and documentation of lexical, grammatical and ethnographic data in a standardized way. Also on the emergence of codes and linguistic practices; b) the local ideologies of language and their role in social life; c) the diagnosis and prospective of language maintenance/shift and the loss or restructuring of verbal resources- as well as the sociocultural consequences of these phenomena; d) the assessment of revitalization policies and reversing language shift. e) if relevant, proposals for language planning
Effective start/end date1/10/0630/09/09

Collaborative partners

  • (lead)
  • Universitat de Lleida
  • Universidade de Vigo
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya


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