TITLE

New Basque speakers: linguistic identity and legitimacy

AUTHOR(S)
Ortega, Ane; Amorrortu, Estibaliz; Goirigolzarri, Jone; Urla, Jacqueline; Uranga, Belen
PUB. DATE
May 2014
SOURCE
DIGITHUM;mai2014, Issue 16, p47
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The number of Basque speakers has grown considerably in the last 40 years, due largely to the rising number of new speakers, or euskaldunberris, defined here as those people who have learned the language through any means other than family transmission. Although new Basque speakers constitute a strategic group for the future development of the language, until now no detailed study of this collective had been attempted. In this article we present the results of research into the perceived linguistic identities of new Basque speakers, exploring the participants' reasons for assigning themselves to one of three principal categories: euskaldun zaharra (native speaker), euskaldunberri (new speaker) and euskaldun (Basque speaker). It is argued that these categories reflect identities that can be situated in a continuum of authenticity that, in turn, correlates with the speakers' self-perception as legitimate speakers of Basque.
ACCESSION #
97467958

 

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