Here you'll find information on the Language Attitudes Research Team at Bangor University.
The team is part of an ESRC funded project that involves collaboration between Dr Marco Tamburelli (PI) and Prof. Guillaume Thierry
The project applies interdisciplinary, cross-methodological measurements to gain a deeper understanding of linguistic attitudes across three different communities with varying degrees of language recognition, namely Lombardy (Italy), Eifel (Belgium) and Wales (UK).
We're currently working on a project entitled Understanding the relationship between speaker's attitudes and linguistic behaviour across speech communities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, grant number ES/V016377/1.
The overarching aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature and role of linguistic attitudes in maintaining language diversity from a theoretical, empirical and methodological perspective.
It involves collection of quantitative data using a range of experimental techniques across five studies, and it applies interdisciplinary, cross-methodological measurements to gain a deeper understanding of linguistic attitudes in different communities with varying degrees of language recognition.
Our research involves working with several bilingual communities across Europe, each of which experiences different levels of language maintenance and varying degrees of language recognition. We work with many people in various roles, from speakers to language consultants to freelance researchers, and we regularly engage with stake-holders in each of the communities. The three main locations of our fieldwork are Lombardy (Italy), Eifel (Belgium) and Wales (UK). Our three lead researchers are in charge of the fieldwork in each of those locations.
|Dr Florian Breit (Belgium)||Dr Ianto Gruffydd (Wales)||Dr Lissander Brasca (Italy).|
Our project benefits from state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated lab with two actiCHamp Plus systems for EEG recordings. This enables us to collect data on participants' event-related brain potentials (ERPs), providing an implicit measure of attitudes that occur automatically and outside of conscious awareness.
We are also engaged in developing our own research tools for the measurement of language attitudes on the explicit to implicit continuum, but also for the study of bilingual populations more broadly. In particular, we have built the L'ART Research Assistant app, a freely available open-source app to aid researchers in the collection, storage and transfer of data for research in bilingualism and language attitudes. The first public release of the L'ART Research Client was held on 3rd May 2023.
The L’ART Research Assistant is a freely available open-source app that aids researchers in the collection, storage and transfer of data for research in bilingualism and language attitudes, especially in cases of bilinguals who speak a majority language and a regional / minority / minoritized language.
More information on the L'ART Research Assistant can be found here.
The L'ART Research Assistant is freely downloadable from our GitHub repository.