Dr James W Hawkey

BA(Bris), MA(UCL), PhD(Lond)

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Research interests

My work focuses on issues in contemporary Catalan sociolinguistics. My specialisms within this field are broad-ranging, including language attitudes, language contact, sociophonetics, and issues surrounding language and migration. These interests have developed through several research projects during my career.

Project 1: Language Policy and Language Contact in Catalonia (2008-2016)

This project tested awareness of normative varieties of Catalan and Castilian in Barcelona, using innovative empirical methods. Work from my doctoral thesis was published in Language and Linguistics CompassTreballs de Sociolingüística Catalana and the European Journal of Language Policy. This project was funded by the Catalan Research Studentship (2008-2011) at Queen Mary, University of London, in association with the Institut Ramon Llull.

Project 2: Sociolinguistic Perspectives of Catalan in France (2015-2021)

This project examines the links between language attitudes and linguistic practices in Catalan-speaking areas of southern France. Special attention is given to phonetic and morphosyntactic variation (specifically, the factors conditioning the usage of local or supra-local variants). The findings of this research were published in my first monograph Language Attitudes and Minority Rights: The Case of Catalan in France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Additionally, work from this project appears in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, the Journal of French Language Studies, and the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, as well as in edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press (forthcoming) and Multilingual Matters. This project was funded by a British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant (2015-2017) for £7,350.

Project 3: European Migration, Language Policy and Small States (2017-)

This project (I am PI, Co-I: Dr Kristine Horner, Sheffield) addresses questions of how economic migrant communities engage with the 'small' languages of their host countries, focusing on Catalan in Andorra and Luxembourgish in Luxembourg. Quantitative and qualitative methods are used to assess language policies in Andorra and Luxembourg, thus offering new perspectives on language policy and migration scholarship by focusing on small nations and microstates. This project was funded by a British Academy 'Tackling the UK's International Challenges' Grant (2017-2019) for £31,520.


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