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Research interests

My research focuses on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality. Drawing on theoretical frameworks and concepts in the area of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language I examine these processes as they unfold in minority language contexts with a particular focus on the Irish and Galician cases. I am currently exploring the native-non-native speaker dichotomy and the concept of the 'new speaker' in these contexts. While my earlier studies looked mainly at indigenous minority languages, my more recent work incorporates issues surrounding service provision (including translation and interpreting) for speakers of migrant languages in Ireland and the UK. Apart from these active research areas I am also interested in general issues of language planning and policy, language rights and language ideologies.



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language Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
minority Social Sciences
sociolinguistics Social Sciences
authenticity Social Sciences
speaking Social Sciences
Ideologies Social Sciences
language policy Social Sciences

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Selected Research Output 2001 2018

Competing ideologies of linguistic authority amongst “new speakers” in contemporary Galicia

O'Rourke, B. & Ramallo, F., Jun 2013, In : Language in Society. 42, 3, p. 287-305 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

“A miña variedade é defectuosa” – a legitimidade social das neofalas

O'Rourke, B. & Ramallo, F., 2013, In : Estudos de Lingüística Galega. 5, p. 89-103 15 p., 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
socioeconomic factors
language policy

Language attitudes in policy and planning

O'Rourke, B. & Hogan-Brun, G., 2012, The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Chapelle, C. (ed.). Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Galician and Irish in the European context : attitudes towards weak and strong minority languages

O'Rourke, B., 2011, Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave studies in minority languages and communities)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

The native-non-native dichotomy in minority language contexts: comparisons between Irish and Galician.

O'Rourke, B. & Ramallo, F., 2011, In : Language Problems and Language Planning. 35, 2, p. 139 - 160 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

language policy

Negotiating Multilingualism in an Irish Primary School Context

O'Rourke, B., 2011, Language Policy for the Multilingual Classroom: Pedagogy of the Possible. Christine Haelot, C. & Laoire, M. O. (eds.). Bristol: Multilingual Matters, p. 105-125

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

primary school

Sustaining minority communities: The case of Galician

O'Rourke, B., 2011, Sustaining Minority Language Development: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona , Vol. 20, p. 266-280

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Top-down or bottom-up language policy : Public service interpreting in the republic of Ireland, Scotland and Spain

O'Rourke, B. & Castillo Ortiz, P., 2009, Interpreting and Translating in Public Service Settings: Policy, Pedagogy and Practice. de Pedro Ricoy, R., Perez, I. & Wilson, C. (eds.). St. Jerome, p. 33-51

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Language contact between Galician and Spanish – conflict or harmony? young people’s linguistic attitudes in contemporary Galicia

O'Rourke, B., 2009, Globalization and language in the Spanish-speaking world: micro and macro perspectives. Mar-Molinero, C. & Stewart, M. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 178-196

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Conflicting values in contemporary Galicia

O'Rourke, B., Mar 2003, In : International Journal of Iberian Studies. 16 , 1, p. 33-48 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2012 2017

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Publication peer-review

Research Impact in Action Workshop

Fadel, L. (Speaker), O'Rourke, B. (Speaker)
23 Mar 201724 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Language Policy (Journal)

O'Rourke, B. (Peer reviewer)
30 Apr 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review

International Journal of the Sociology of Language (Journal)

O'Rourke, B. (Editor)
31 Mar 2014 → …

Activity: Editorial activity