How do you talk about language?
How do you tell people about your experiences talking new languages, and the reasons you have for deciding to learn other languages?
!! please note that this film does not have sound !!
The New Speakers Studio is a series of cultural ‘tools’ conceived and made by Deirdre MacKenna for the EU COST Action ‘New Speakers Network‘ which is a group of researchers, policy makers and stakeholders working together to explore the dynamics involved in becoming a “new speaker” of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe.
Deirdre and Bernadette O’Rourke, Chair of the New Speakers Network, first met at one of the regular GRAMNet collaboration development meetings in Glasgow in November 2016 and their fluent dialogues began to map out ways which could bring valuable academic research to the attention and use of people in related contexts and situations.
Deirdre created The New Speakers’ Studio by filming a series of semi-structured interviews with Agata Urbanska, Brian Thunder, Daniele Sambo, Hanneke Scott-Van Weil, Leena Nammari, Miren Manias, Nadifa Essa and Nina Bacos, who shared their stories and opinions about learning and using a language other than their mother-tongue in Scotland today; being a New Speaker.
In order to avoid the audience being distracted by images of the interviewees (their age, gender, cultural styling etc) Deirdre asked the interviewees to identify an object which could act as a visual-substitute, and which reminded the interviewees of their experiences with language.
Images of these objects were filmed and photographed and along with animated text, the interviewees’ narratives and language journeys have been brought to life.
The film and photographs are accompanied by ‘The New Speakers’ Guide’ which is the first booklet published to explain the New Speakers concept and provide quotes from New Speakers about their experiences.
The version of the film here was edited for the audience and participants of the first Mother Tongues Festival in Dublin, 24 February 2018. mothertonguesfestival.com/portfolio/new-speakers-studio/
Please go to nspk.org.uk/the-new-speaker-studio.html for links to all the films, Guides and Posters which make up the New Speaker Studio...