New Speakers and Linguistic Practices: Contexts, Definitions, and Issues

  • David Atkinson


This chapter assesses the commonalities and differences which are highlighted by the chapters on the actual practices of new speakers. It brings together a number of points arising from these chapters by contextualising briefly the study of new speaker practices and then discussing some of the complexities of definition and ascription. It concludes by discussing the key notion of ‘deficit’, and suggesting some directions for future work. I argue that one of the particular strengths of this collection of chapters is its integration of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in shedding further light on the rich construct of ‘new speakers’.


Linguistic practices Definition Context Methodology 


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  • David Atkinson
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  1. 1.Centre for Applied Language StudiesUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland

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