The dynamics of language policies in two urban secondary schools in post-monolingual Flanders Ghent University
The aim of the proposed research project is to explore the localised ways in which teachers, students and school management staffs handle, negotiate and navigate migrant-background studentsU+2019 multilingual repertoires in a post-monolingual societal condition. Ethnographic research using a variety of qualitative methods will be conducted in two matched urban secondary schools
which contrast in their pursued language policies.
Discrimination-based verbal aggression in interpreter-mediated public service provision in Flanders Ghent University
Via ethnographic and discourse analytic methods we investigate how public service interpreters in Flanders handle discrimination-based verbal aggressions discursively and internationally. We also investigate how interpreters' handling of discrimination-based aggressions interacts with their (professional) identity and stances towards their own agency.
Grounding, priming or affording? A multimodal analysis of the underpinnings of interactive alignment. KU Leuven
What can Chinese teach us about the languages of Europe? Sociolinguistic research has obtained important insights into the dynamics of the languages of Europe: the emergence of pluricentric varieties, the global influence of English, the tendency towards informalization of the standard languages. But are these phenomena typically European, or are the same forces at work in other linguistic areas? A comparison with Chinese may provide an ...
Stylistic appropriateness in English as a foreign language: The acquisition of grammatical formality by translation trainees. University of Antwerp
Expert sensitivity to linguistic formality as a benchmark for measuring stylistic translation revision competence. University of Antwerp
Although language diversity poses short-term challenges, early multilingualism and multiliteracy come with great benefits, at least, when it is correctly supported. Currently, many language minority (LM) families are distressed about language issues and many early childhood (EC) professionals (such as parenting advisors and childcare staff) feel insecure in their approach toward LM families. This project aims to transform this societal ...
Errors outside the lab: the interaction of psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic variables in the production of verb spelling errors in informal computer-mediated communication. University of Antwerp
Identity negotiation of upwardly mobile migrants – combining interactional sociolinguistic and social psychological analysis to advance our understanding of self-group affiliation and distancing KU Leuven
While both interactional sociolinguistics (S) and social psychology (P) study identity negotiation and address research topics with societal relevance (e.g. discrimination against migrants), there is little cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. Also, even though they draw on very diverse research methods (S: qualitative analyses of authentic interactions and research interviews; P: quantitative survey research and experimental ...