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Dissertations and theses : Doctoral thesis
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Anthropology
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Communication & mass media
Arts & humanities : Languages & linguistics
Multilingualism and Intercultural Studies
The institution of linguistic dissidence in the Balearic Islands: ideological dynamics of Catalan standardisation
Duane Bernedo, Lucas John mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
University of Luxembourg, ​​Luxembourg
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, ​Barcelona, ​​Spain
Docteur en Sciences du Langage
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De Bres, Julia mailto
Pujolar, Joan mailto
Wagner, Mélanie mailto
Juffermans, Kasper mailto
Puigdevall, Maite mailto
Costa, James mailto
[en] language activism ; language ideology ; language standardisation ; social media ; Catalan ; Balearic Islands
[en] This thesis describes ethnographically the recent institution of linguistic dissidence in the Balearic Islands, understood as the establishment of a belief in the archipelago’s socio-political field that claims ‘Balearic’, and not the current Catalan, must share official status with Castilian as its authentic autochthonous language.

Three associations of language activists created in 2013 are responsible for this development. This thesis analyses two years of social media activity of the three language activist associations, together with other materials. Findings show how activists engaged in a struggle for the legitimisation of an alternative standard that revolved around authenticity ideologies, while they simultaneously secured and advanced the anonymity value of Castilian. Social media was instrumental for these purposes, as it provided activists representational control to articulate discourses about language and to police language practices.

This thesis also examines the implications that this development represented for Catalan standardisation. I interviewed 11 language planners working at different institutions in the Balearic Islands and two Catalan language advocates. The interviews provided accounts on the ways institutional actors police the standard variety. After finding a vertical distribution of standard practices among institutional actors, the analysis focuses on a local planner’s social media practices.

In all, this thesis advances three arguments about the activists’ strategic adoption of the standard language regime, the existence of an identification need in the Balearic linguistic market, and the role of minoritisation on standardisation.
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FnR ; FNR6809206 > Lucas John Duane > LPBI > Language Policing in the Balearic Islands: Reconfiguring the Standard Language Ideology in the Era of Globalization > 01/03/2014 > 28/02/2018 > 2013

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