Reflections on New Speaker Research and Future Trajectories

  • Cassie Smith-Christmas
  • Noel P. Ó Murchadha


This chapter brings the main themes of the volume together in a final examination of the new speaker concept and its relationship to language revitalisation. The chapter reflects on the reality that in some of the cases presented in the various chapters, the boundaries between ‘new’ and ‘native’ speakers appear more fluid, while other cases exhibit much more rigid boundaries. The chapter concludes by discussing the implications of these boundary perceptions in terms of language revitalisation efforts.


New speaker Authenticity Language revitalisation Minority language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cassie Smith-Christmas
    • 1
  • Noel P. Ó Murchadha
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  2. 2.School of EducationTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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