Professor Bernadette O'Rourke

  • Professor of Sociolinguistics and Hispanic Studies (Hispanic Studies)

Research interests

My research sits within the broad area of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language and focuses on the political and social meanings of language and their influence on society. I have specialisms in: 

  • Minority languages
  • Multilingualism
  • Language policy
  • Language ideologies

I am particularly interested in the dynamics of multilingual societies, language revitalization in minoritized languages, ethnography of resistance, language ideologies and language activism. I have examined these dynamics across a range of fieldwork sites and language contexts including Galician (northern Spain), Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Faroese. Since 2011, I have been examining the experiences of “new speakers” of minority languages (so-called “non-native” speakers who acquire a language outside of the home). In more recent years, I have extended this focus beyond minority language contexts, exploring theories around the sociolinguistics of the “speaker” across a range of multilingual strands in the context of migration and transnational mobilities.


Publications

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2021

O'Rourke, B. and Pujolar, J. (2021) The debates on "new speakers" and “non-native” speakers as symptoms of late modern anxieties over linguistic ownership. In: Slavkov, N. (ed.) The Changing Face of the "Native Speaker": Perspectives from Multilingualism and Globalization. Series: Trends in Applied Linguistics [TAL], 31. De Gruyter. ISBN 9781501512353 (Accepted for Publication)

2020

O'Rourke, B. and Walsh, J. (2020) New Speakers of Irish in a Global Age. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

2019

Holm, E., O'Rourke, B. and Danson, M. (2019) “Employers could use us, but they don’t”. Voices from blue-collar workplaces in a northern periphery. Language Policy, (doi: 10.1007/s10993-019-09513-4) (Early Online Publication)

O'Rourke, B. and Nandi, A. (2019) New speaker parents as grassroots policy makers in contemporary Galicia: Ideologies, management and practices. Language Policy, (doi: 10.1007/s10993-018-9498-y) (Early Online Publication)

Brennan, S. and O'Rourke, B. (2019) Commercialising the cúpla focal: New speakers, language ownership, and the promotion of Irish as a business resource. Language in Society, 48(1), pp. 125-145. (doi: 10.1017/S0047404518001148)

Hogan-Brun, G. and O'Rourke, B. (Eds.) (2019) The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 9781137540652

2018

O'Rourke, B. (2018) Carving out breathing spaces for Galician. New speakers’ investment in monolingual practices. In: Jaspers, J. and Madsen, L. M. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Linguistic Fixity and Fluidity: Languagised Lives. Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism. CRC Press. ISBN 9781138602977

O'Rourke, B. and Breannan, S. C. (2018) Regimenting the Gaeltacht: authenticity, anonymity, and expectation in contemporary Ireland. Language and Communication, 66, pp. 20-28. (doi: 10.1016/j.langcom.2018.10.006)

Bermingham, N. and O'Rourke, B. (2018) Language awareness amongst “new speakers” in a multilingual classroom. In: Helot, C., Frijns, C., Gorp, K. and Sierens, S. (eds.) Language Awareness in Multilingual Classrooms in Europe. Series: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL], 109. De Gruyter, pp. 143-168. ISBN 9781501510434

O'Rourke, B. (2018) New speakers of minority languages. In: Hinton, L., Huss, L. and Roche, G. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization. Routledge. ISBN 9781138674493

O'Rourke, B. (2018) Introduction. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(5), pp. 377-381. (doi: 10.1080/01434632.2018.1429449)

O'Rourke, B. (2018) Just use it! Linguistic conversion and identities of resistance amongst Galician new speakers. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(5), pp. 407-418. (doi: 10.1080/01434632.2018.1429455)

Walsh, J. and O'Rourke, B. (2018) Special Issue: Comparing ‘New Speakers’ Across Language Contexts: Mobility and Motivations [Guest Editors]. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(5),

2017

O'Rourke, B. (2017) Negotiating the standard in contemporary Galicia. In: Lane, P., Costa, J. and De Korne, H. (eds.) Standardizing Minority Languages: Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery. Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism. Routledge. ISBN 9781138125124

McLeod, W. and O'Rourke, B. (2017) ‘New Speakers’ of Gaelic from Outside the UK. Project Report. Soillse.

O'Rourke, B. and DePalma, R. (2017) Language-learning holidays: what motivates people to learn a minority language? International Journal of Multilingualism, 14(4), pp. 332-349. (doi: 10.1080/14790718.2016.1184667)

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Walsh, J. (2017) Language education for new speakers. In: McCarty, T. L. and May, S. (eds.) Language Policy and Political Issues in Education. Series: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Springer. ISBN 9783319023434

2016

Nance, C., McLeod, W., O'Rourke, B. and Dunmore, S. (2016) Identity, accent aim, and motivation in second language users: New Scottish Gaelic speakers' use of phonetic variation. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 20(2), pp. 164-191. (doi: 10.1111/josl.12173)

García, O., Coulmas, F. and O'Rourke, B. (2016) Editorial. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2016(237), pp. 1-2. (doi: 10.1515/ijsl-2015-1000)

Brennan, S. C., Danson, M. and O'Rourke, B. (2016) Selling a language to save it? The business-oriented promotion of Gaelic and Irish. In: McLeod, W., Gunderloch, A. and Dunbar, R. (eds.) Canan & Cultar (Language and Culture): Rannsachadh na Gaidhlig 8. Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781780460581

2015

Walsh, J., O'Rourke, B. and Rowland, H. (2015) Research Report on New Speakers of Irish. Project Report. Foras na Gaeilge.

McLeod, W. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) "New speakers" of Gaelic: perceptions of linguistic authenticity and appropriateness. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2), pp. 151-172. (doi: 10.1515/applirev-2015-0008)

O'Rourke, B. and Pujolar, J. (2015) New speakers and processes of new speakerness across time and space. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2), pp. 145-150. (doi: 10.1515/applirev-2015-0007)

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Ramallo, F. (2015) Special Issue: New Speakers and processes of new speakerness across time and space [Guest Editors]. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2),

O'Rourke, B. (2015) Language revitalisation models in minority language contexts. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1), pp. 63-82. (doi: 10.3167/ajec.2015.240105)

Craith, M. N. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) Anthropology and language in Europe: setting the context. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1), pp. 1-6. (doi: 10.3167/ajec.2015.240101)

Craith, M. N. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) Special Issue: Language and Anthropology [Guest Editors]. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1),

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Ramallo, F. (2015) New speakers of minority languages: the challenging opportunity - foreword. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), pp. 1-20.

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Ramallo, F. (2015) Special Issue: New Speakers of Minority Languages: The Challenging Opportunity [Guest Editors]. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231),

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2015) Neofalantes as an active minority: Understanding language practices and motivations for change amongst new speakers of Galician. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), pp. 147-165. (doi: 10.1515/ijsl-2014-0036)

O'Rourke, B. and Walsh, J. (2015) New speakers of Irish: shifting boundaries across time and space. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), pp. 63-83.

McLeod, W. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) Irish Parents and Gaelic Medium Education in Scotland. Project Report. Soillse.

2014

Ramallo, F. and O'Rourke, B. (2014) Profiles of new speakers of Galician. Digithum, 16, pp. 59-66. (doi: 10.7238/d.v0i16.2300)

Walsh, J. and O'Rourke, B. (2014) Becoming a new speaker of Irish: linguistic mudes throughout the life cycle. Digithum, 16, pp. 67-74. (doi: 10.7238/d.v0i16.2186)

Kitapci, K., Galbrum, L., O'Rourke, B. and Turner, G. (2014) Speech Intelligibility in Multilingual Spaces. In: 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013 (INTER-NOISE 2013): Noise Control for Quality of Life, Innsbruck, Austria, 15-18 Sept 2013, pp. 2023-2029. ISBN 9781632662675

McLeod, W., O'Rourke, B. and Dunmore, S. (2014) ‘New Speakers’ of Gaelic in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Project Report. Soillse.

O'Rourke, B. (2014) The Galician language in the twenty-first century. In: Miguélez-Carballeira, H. (ed.) A Companion to Galician Culture. Tamesis: Woodbridge, Suffolk, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9781855662773

O'Rourke, B. , Bermingham, N. and Brennan, S. (2014) Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics. In: 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2013), Edinburgh, UK, 05-07 Sep 2013, pp. 1-2. ISBN 9780955953361

2013

Galbrun, L., O'Rourke, B. and Turner, G. H. (2013) Acoustics and Speech Intelligibility in Multilingual Spaces. 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2013), Edinburgh, UK, 05-07 Sep 2013.

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2013) Competing ideologies of linguistic authority amongst new speakers in contemporary Galicia. Language in Society, 42(3), pp. 287-305. (doi: 10.1017/S0047404513000249)

Kitapci, K., Galbrun, L., O'Rourke, B. and Turner, G. (2013) Speech Intelligibility in Multilingual Spaces. In: 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 2013), Innsbruck, Austria, 15-18 Sep 2013, pp. 2023-2029. ISBN 9781632662675

O'Rourke, B. and Pujolar, J. (2013) From native speakers to “new speakers”: problematizing nativeness in language revitalization contexts. Histoire Épistémologie Langage, 35(2), pp. 47-67.

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2013) "My variety is flawed": The social legitimacy of eofalas = "A miña variedade é defectuosa": a lexitimidade social das neofalas. Estudos de Linguistica Galega, 5, pp. 89-103.

2012

O'Rourke, B. and Hogan-Brun, G. (2012) Language attitudes in policy and planning. In: Chapelle, C. A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Blackwell Publishers: Oxford, pp. 2945-2949. ISBN 9781405194730

2011

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. F. (2011) The native-non-native dichotomy in minority language contexts: comparisons between Irish and Galician. Language Problems and Language Planning, 35(2), pp. 139-159. (doi: 10.1075/lplp.35.2.03oro)

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Galician and Irish in the European Context: Attitudes Towards Weak and Strong Minority Languages. Series: Palgrave studies in minority languages and communities. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York. ISBN 9780230574038

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Negotiating multilingualism in an Irish primary school context. In: Hélot, C. and Ó Laoire, M. (eds.) Language Policy for the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the Possible. Series: Bilingual education and bilingualism. Multilingual Matters: Bristol ; Buffalo, pp. 105-125. ISBN 9781847693679

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Sustaining minority communities: the case of Galician. In: Kirk, J. M. and Ó Baoill, D. P. (eds.) Sustaining Minority Language Development: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Cló Ollscoil na Banríona: Belfast, pp. 266-280.

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Whose language is it? Struggles for language ownership in an Irish language classroom. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 10(5), pp. 327-345. (doi: 10.1080/15348458.2011.614545)

2010

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2010) Los nuevos hablantes de lenguas minoritarias. In: Proceedings of the IX Congreso Internacional de Lingüística General, Valladolid, Spain, 21-23 Jun 2010, ISBN 9878469367865

2009

O'Rourke, B. (2009) Developing multilingual awareness amongst primary school children in Ireland: a case study. In: Newby, D. and Penz, H. (eds.) Languages for Social Cohesion: Language Education in a Multilingual and Multicultural Europe. Series: Languages for social cohesion = Les langues pour la cohésion sociale. Council Of Europe: Strasbourg. ISBN 9789287164285

O'Rourke, B. and Castillo Ortiz, P. (2009) Top-down or bottom-up language policy : public service interpreting in the republic of Ireland, Scotland and Spain. In: De Pedro Ricoy, R., Perez, I. and Wilson, C. W.L. (eds.) Interpreting and Translating in Public Service Settings: Policy, Practice, Pedagogy. St. Jerome: Manchester, UK ; Kinderhook, NY, pp. 33-51. ISBN 9781905763160

2007

O'Rourke, B. (2007) Falas galego?: the effects of socio-political change on language attitudes and use in the Galician sociolinguistic context. Teanga, 22, pp. 116-131.

O'Rourke, B. (2007) Support for the societal presence of minority languages and as symbols of identity: assessing the views of Irish and Galician student groups. In: Pearson-Evans, A. and Leahy, A. (eds.) Intercultural spaces : language, culture, identity. Peter Lang: New York. ISBN 9780820495460

2006

O'Rourke, B. (2006) Language contact between Galician and Spanish: conflict or harmony? Young people’s linguistic attitudes in contemporary Galicia. In: Mar-Molinero, C. and Stewart, M. (eds.) Globalization and Language in the Spanish Speaking World: Macro and Micro Perspectives. Series: Language and Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 178-196. ISBN 9780230000186

2005

O'Rourke, B. (2005) Expressing identity through lesser-used languages: examples from the Irish and Galician contexts. Language and Intercultural Communication, 5(3-4), pp. 274-283. (doi: 10.1080/14708470508668901)

2003

O'Rourke, B. (2003) Conflicting values in contemporary Galicia. International Journal of Iberian Studies, 16(1), pp. 33-48. (doi: 10.1386/ijis.16.1.33/0)

O'Rourke, B. (2003) Irish and Galician: a comparative analysis of minority language cases. In: Dillane, F. and Kelly, R. (eds.) New Voices in Irish Criticism. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 136-146. ISBN 9781851827350

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Articles

Holm, E., O'Rourke, B. and Danson, M. (2019) “Employers could use us, but they don’t”. Voices from blue-collar workplaces in a northern periphery. Language Policy, (doi: 10.1007/s10993-019-09513-4) (Early Online Publication)

O'Rourke, B. and Nandi, A. (2019) New speaker parents as grassroots policy makers in contemporary Galicia: Ideologies, management and practices. Language Policy, (doi: 10.1007/s10993-018-9498-y) (Early Online Publication)

Brennan, S. and O'Rourke, B. (2019) Commercialising the cúpla focal: New speakers, language ownership, and the promotion of Irish as a business resource. Language in Society, 48(1), pp. 125-145. (doi: 10.1017/S0047404518001148)

O'Rourke, B. and Breannan, S. C. (2018) Regimenting the Gaeltacht: authenticity, anonymity, and expectation in contemporary Ireland. Language and Communication, 66, pp. 20-28. (doi: 10.1016/j.langcom.2018.10.006)

O'Rourke, B. (2018) Introduction. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(5), pp. 377-381. (doi: 10.1080/01434632.2018.1429449)

O'Rourke, B. (2018) Just use it! Linguistic conversion and identities of resistance amongst Galician new speakers. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(5), pp. 407-418. (doi: 10.1080/01434632.2018.1429455)

Walsh, J. and O'Rourke, B. (2018) Special Issue: Comparing ‘New Speakers’ Across Language Contexts: Mobility and Motivations [Guest Editors]. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 39(5),

O'Rourke, B. and DePalma, R. (2017) Language-learning holidays: what motivates people to learn a minority language? International Journal of Multilingualism, 14(4), pp. 332-349. (doi: 10.1080/14790718.2016.1184667)

Nance, C., McLeod, W., O'Rourke, B. and Dunmore, S. (2016) Identity, accent aim, and motivation in second language users: New Scottish Gaelic speakers' use of phonetic variation. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 20(2), pp. 164-191. (doi: 10.1111/josl.12173)

García, O., Coulmas, F. and O'Rourke, B. (2016) Editorial. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2016(237), pp. 1-2. (doi: 10.1515/ijsl-2015-1000)

McLeod, W. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) "New speakers" of Gaelic: perceptions of linguistic authenticity and appropriateness. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2), pp. 151-172. (doi: 10.1515/applirev-2015-0008)

O'Rourke, B. and Pujolar, J. (2015) New speakers and processes of new speakerness across time and space. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2), pp. 145-150. (doi: 10.1515/applirev-2015-0007)

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Ramallo, F. (2015) Special Issue: New Speakers and processes of new speakerness across time and space [Guest Editors]. Applied Linguistics Review, 6(2),

O'Rourke, B. (2015) Language revitalisation models in minority language contexts. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1), pp. 63-82. (doi: 10.3167/ajec.2015.240105)

Craith, M. N. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) Anthropology and language in Europe: setting the context. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1), pp. 1-6. (doi: 10.3167/ajec.2015.240101)

Craith, M. N. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) Special Issue: Language and Anthropology [Guest Editors]. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 24(1),

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Ramallo, F. (2015) New speakers of minority languages: the challenging opportunity - foreword. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), pp. 1-20.

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Ramallo, F. (2015) Special Issue: New Speakers of Minority Languages: The Challenging Opportunity [Guest Editors]. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231),

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2015) Neofalantes as an active minority: Understanding language practices and motivations for change amongst new speakers of Galician. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), pp. 147-165. (doi: 10.1515/ijsl-2014-0036)

O'Rourke, B. and Walsh, J. (2015) New speakers of Irish: shifting boundaries across time and space. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2015(231), pp. 63-83.

Ramallo, F. and O'Rourke, B. (2014) Profiles of new speakers of Galician. Digithum, 16, pp. 59-66. (doi: 10.7238/d.v0i16.2300)

Walsh, J. and O'Rourke, B. (2014) Becoming a new speaker of Irish: linguistic mudes throughout the life cycle. Digithum, 16, pp. 67-74. (doi: 10.7238/d.v0i16.2186)

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2013) Competing ideologies of linguistic authority amongst new speakers in contemporary Galicia. Language in Society, 42(3), pp. 287-305. (doi: 10.1017/S0047404513000249)

O'Rourke, B. and Pujolar, J. (2013) From native speakers to “new speakers”: problematizing nativeness in language revitalization contexts. Histoire Épistémologie Langage, 35(2), pp. 47-67.

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2013) "My variety is flawed": The social legitimacy of eofalas = "A miña variedade é defectuosa": a lexitimidade social das neofalas. Estudos de Linguistica Galega, 5, pp. 89-103.

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. F. (2011) The native-non-native dichotomy in minority language contexts: comparisons between Irish and Galician. Language Problems and Language Planning, 35(2), pp. 139-159. (doi: 10.1075/lplp.35.2.03oro)

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Whose language is it? Struggles for language ownership in an Irish language classroom. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 10(5), pp. 327-345. (doi: 10.1080/15348458.2011.614545)

O'Rourke, B. (2007) Falas galego?: the effects of socio-political change on language attitudes and use in the Galician sociolinguistic context. Teanga, 22, pp. 116-131.

O'Rourke, B. (2005) Expressing identity through lesser-used languages: examples from the Irish and Galician contexts. Language and Intercultural Communication, 5(3-4), pp. 274-283. (doi: 10.1080/14708470508668901)

O'Rourke, B. (2003) Conflicting values in contemporary Galicia. International Journal of Iberian Studies, 16(1), pp. 33-48. (doi: 10.1386/ijis.16.1.33/0)

Books

O'Rourke, B. and Walsh, J. (2020) New Speakers of Irish in a Global Age. Routledge. (Accepted for Publication)

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Galician and Irish in the European Context: Attitudes Towards Weak and Strong Minority Languages. Series: Palgrave studies in minority languages and communities. Palgrave Macmillan: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York. ISBN 9780230574038

Book Sections

O'Rourke, B. and Pujolar, J. (2021) The debates on "new speakers" and “non-native” speakers as symptoms of late modern anxieties over linguistic ownership. In: Slavkov, N. (ed.) The Changing Face of the "Native Speaker": Perspectives from Multilingualism and Globalization. Series: Trends in Applied Linguistics [TAL], 31. De Gruyter. ISBN 9781501512353 (Accepted for Publication)

O'Rourke, B. (2018) Carving out breathing spaces for Galician. New speakers’ investment in monolingual practices. In: Jaspers, J. and Madsen, L. M. (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Linguistic Fixity and Fluidity: Languagised Lives. Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism. CRC Press. ISBN 9781138602977

Bermingham, N. and O'Rourke, B. (2018) Language awareness amongst “new speakers” in a multilingual classroom. In: Helot, C., Frijns, C., Gorp, K. and Sierens, S. (eds.) Language Awareness in Multilingual Classrooms in Europe. Series: Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL], 109. De Gruyter, pp. 143-168. ISBN 9781501510434

O'Rourke, B. (2018) New speakers of minority languages. In: Hinton, L., Huss, L. and Roche, G. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Language Revitalization. Routledge. ISBN 9781138674493

O'Rourke, B. (2017) Negotiating the standard in contemporary Galicia. In: Lane, P., Costa, J. and De Korne, H. (eds.) Standardizing Minority Languages: Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery. Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Multilingualism. Routledge. ISBN 9781138125124

O'Rourke, B. , Pujolar, J. and Walsh, J. (2017) Language education for new speakers. In: McCarty, T. L. and May, S. (eds.) Language Policy and Political Issues in Education. Series: Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Springer. ISBN 9783319023434

Brennan, S. C., Danson, M. and O'Rourke, B. (2016) Selling a language to save it? The business-oriented promotion of Gaelic and Irish. In: McLeod, W., Gunderloch, A. and Dunbar, R. (eds.) Canan & Cultar (Language and Culture): Rannsachadh na Gaidhlig 8. Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781780460581

O'Rourke, B. (2014) The Galician language in the twenty-first century. In: Miguélez-Carballeira, H. (ed.) A Companion to Galician Culture. Tamesis: Woodbridge, Suffolk, pp. 73-92. ISBN 9781855662773

O'Rourke, B. and Hogan-Brun, G. (2012) Language attitudes in policy and planning. In: Chapelle, C. A. (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Blackwell Publishers: Oxford, pp. 2945-2949. ISBN 9781405194730

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Negotiating multilingualism in an Irish primary school context. In: Hélot, C. and Ó Laoire, M. (eds.) Language Policy for the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the Possible. Series: Bilingual education and bilingualism. Multilingual Matters: Bristol ; Buffalo, pp. 105-125. ISBN 9781847693679

O'Rourke, B. (2011) Sustaining minority communities: the case of Galician. In: Kirk, J. M. and Ó Baoill, D. P. (eds.) Sustaining Minority Language Development: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Cló Ollscoil na Banríona: Belfast, pp. 266-280.

O'Rourke, B. (2009) Developing multilingual awareness amongst primary school children in Ireland: a case study. In: Newby, D. and Penz, H. (eds.) Languages for Social Cohesion: Language Education in a Multilingual and Multicultural Europe. Series: Languages for social cohesion = Les langues pour la cohésion sociale. Council Of Europe: Strasbourg. ISBN 9789287164285

O'Rourke, B. and Castillo Ortiz, P. (2009) Top-down or bottom-up language policy : public service interpreting in the republic of Ireland, Scotland and Spain. In: De Pedro Ricoy, R., Perez, I. and Wilson, C. W.L. (eds.) Interpreting and Translating in Public Service Settings: Policy, Practice, Pedagogy. St. Jerome: Manchester, UK ; Kinderhook, NY, pp. 33-51. ISBN 9781905763160

O'Rourke, B. (2007) Support for the societal presence of minority languages and as symbols of identity: assessing the views of Irish and Galician student groups. In: Pearson-Evans, A. and Leahy, A. (eds.) Intercultural spaces : language, culture, identity. Peter Lang: New York. ISBN 9780820495460

O'Rourke, B. (2006) Language contact between Galician and Spanish: conflict or harmony? Young people’s linguistic attitudes in contemporary Galicia. In: Mar-Molinero, C. and Stewart, M. (eds.) Globalization and Language in the Spanish Speaking World: Macro and Micro Perspectives. Series: Language and Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 178-196. ISBN 9780230000186

O'Rourke, B. (2003) Irish and Galician: a comparative analysis of minority language cases. In: Dillane, F. and Kelly, R. (eds.) New Voices in Irish Criticism. Four Courts Press: Dublin, pp. 136-146. ISBN 9781851827350

Edited Books

Hogan-Brun, G. and O'Rourke, B. (Eds.) (2019) The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. Palgrave Macmillan UK. ISBN 9781137540652

Research Reports or Papers

McLeod, W. and O'Rourke, B. (2017) ‘New Speakers’ of Gaelic from Outside the UK. Project Report. Soillse.

Walsh, J., O'Rourke, B. and Rowland, H. (2015) Research Report on New Speakers of Irish. Project Report. Foras na Gaeilge.

McLeod, W. and O'Rourke, B. (2015) Irish Parents and Gaelic Medium Education in Scotland. Project Report. Soillse.

McLeod, W., O'Rourke, B. and Dunmore, S. (2014) ‘New Speakers’ of Gaelic in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Project Report. Soillse.

Conference or Workshop Item

Galbrun, L., O'Rourke, B. and Turner, G. H. (2013) Acoustics and Speech Intelligibility in Multilingual Spaces. 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2013), Edinburgh, UK, 05-07 Sep 2013.

Conference Proceedings

Kitapci, K., Galbrum, L., O'Rourke, B. and Turner, G. (2014) Speech Intelligibility in Multilingual Spaces. In: 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2013 (INTER-NOISE 2013): Noise Control for Quality of Life, Innsbruck, Austria, 15-18 Sept 2013, pp. 2023-2029. ISBN 9781632662675

O'Rourke, B. , Bermingham, N. and Brennan, S. (2014) Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics. In: 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL 2013), Edinburgh, UK, 05-07 Sep 2013, pp. 1-2. ISBN 9780955953361

Kitapci, K., Galbrun, L., O'Rourke, B. and Turner, G. (2013) Speech Intelligibility in Multilingual Spaces. In: 42nd International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 2013), Innsbruck, Austria, 15-18 Sep 2013, pp. 2023-2029. ISBN 9781632662675

O'Rourke, B. and Ramallo, F. (2010) Los nuevos hablantes de lenguas minoritarias. In: Proceedings of the IX Congreso Internacional de Lingüística General, Valladolid, Spain, 21-23 Jun 2010, ISBN 9878469367865

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Grants

Collaborative projects and grants

Between 2013 and 2017 I was Chair of an EU COST Action (IS1306) New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges. The New Speaker Network http://www.nspk.org.uk has over 300 members across 28 countries. The final report of the project is available here http://www.nspk.org.uk/images/iaith_digital.pdf

This project built on the research I did during my AHRC Early-Career Fellowship (2012) on “New Speakers of minority languages and their role in the process of language revitalization” and collaborations with Wilson McLeod (University of Edinburgh) as part of a Royal Society Edinburgh Workshop Grant in the Arts and Humanities (2012) entitled “New Speakers of Minority Languages: a dialogue”.    

I am currently work on a number of other collaborative projects with Joan Pujolar and others at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya which examine the “sociolinguistics of the speaker”. These include a project on new speakers of Faroese and labour market integration (funded by the Faroese Research Council), new speakers of Gaelic (funded by Soillse) and new speakers of Irish (with John Walsh, National University of Ireland, Galway).

I am a Fellow of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and PI on the project “Sowing the seeds at Semente: Grassroots revitalization and language activism in contemporary Galicia”, one of six case studies funded as part of the Sustaining Minoritized Languages in Europe (SMiLE) project https://folklife.si.edu/smile/galician        

Since my move to Glasgow in April 2019, I have established (in collaboration with Tom Bartlett) the new Arts Lab research cluster “Discourses of sustainability: Interconnections between language, society and the environment”.


Supervision

I would be happy to discuss potential PhD or masters projects in any of my research areas: multilingualism, minority languages, language policy and the social life of language more broadly.

I am currently first supervisor for Alexandro Dayan-Fernandez (working on the Galician diaspora in London), Eneida Villanueva (working on family language policies and language brokering amongst Spanish-speaking transnational families in Scotland) and Elisabeth Holm (examining the dynamics of labour market integration amongst new speakers of Faroese). I am second supervisor for Lorraine Chambers, working on a corpus of new speakers of English.

I have supervised 8 PhDs to completion. At the Heriot-Watt University, where I worked from 2007 to 2019, I was lead supervisor for Nicola Bermingham, for a PhD on Cape Verdean new speakers of Galician; Sara Brennan, working on the political economy of Irish and Anik Nandi with a project on family language policy in Galicia.


Additional Information

External scholarly activities
International Expert Reviewer, Norwegian Research Council (2019-present)

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant Panellist (2019-present)  

International Expert Reviewer, Finnish Academy (2017-present)     
AHRC Peer Review College (2016-present)     

Executive Committee, Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (2016-present)

International advisor, American Smithsonian Centre (2016-present)
EU COST Actions’ Review Panel for the Humanities (2015-present)         
Inaugural member, Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (2012-present)       

International advisor, Irish Research Council (2011-present) 

Executive Committee, British Association for Applied Linguistics (2011-present)

Executive Committee, Association for Study of Spanish in Society (2010-2017)      

Expert advisor, EU Committee for the Regions White Paper – Multilingualism (2006)

Journal editorships and advisory boards

Editorial Board, Linguistic Minorities in Europe (de Gruyter Mouton) (2016-presen         

Editor, Small Languages and Small Language Communities (SLSLC), subseries of

International Journal for the Sociology of Language (2014-2018)    

Member of Advisory Board, New Voices in Translation Studies (2009-2018)         

Career History
2015-19        Professor of Sociolinguistics, Heriot-Watt University
2013-15        Reader in Spanish and (Socio)linguistics, Heriot-Watt University

2007-13        Lecturer in Spanish, Heriot-Watt University
2007            Visiting Research Fellow, National University of Ireland, Galway
2005-2006    Lecturer in Spanish, Dublin City University

2000-2005    Tutor in Spanish, Dublin City University

1998-2000    Lectora, Filoloxía Inglesa, Universidade da Corunha