How a small visit can have a big impact on your PhD research
The PhD research I am currently undertaking under the supervision of Bernie O’Rourke and Máiréad Nic Craith at Heriot-Watt University looks at the role of a ‘local’ language such as Galician, in the construction of identity for a ‘non-local’ immigrant population.
My research links up with an important strand of the COST Action, specifically the exploration of the concept of the ‘new speaker’ in migrant contexts as part of Working Group 2. My research focuses on immigrant ‘new speakers’ of Galician in a small fishing town in northern Galicia.
The purpose of this STSM was to discuss approaches to analysing ethnographic data that I collected in summer 2014.
Furthermore, the aim was to present my findings to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and have the opportunity to collaborate with PhD students whose research interests line up with the aims of this COST Action on New Speakers.