James K. Puchowski

Thesis title: Language leagues, platforms and societies: a descriptive analysis of contemporary language activism in modern Catalonia, Norway and Scotland

Background

My research in linguistics is interdisciplinary, and focuses on the activities of language activists and sociopolitical discourse about language (or 'metapragmatics/metalinguistics'). Currently, I am reading for my PhD on language activism and sociolinguistic discourse in Catalonia, Norway and Scotland.

The research methods I use are qualitative, discourse-oriented and theoretically critical. I engage mainly with ethnographic fieldwork, societal treatment studies and content analyses.

Apart from my studies on language activism, I have worked on language standardisation issues, the modern history of the Norwegian Nynorsk language, and the history of linguistics as a discipline. If you have questions about any of these topics or issues you would like me to answer, I'm happy to receive e-mails.

My PhD research funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (https://www.carnegie-trust.org/). I was also lucky to be awarded the 2018 Robertson Medal for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences by the same body.

CV

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Qualifications

2013-17: Master of Arts with Honours in Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

  • Dissertation title: 'Kjærleik til språk? A linguistic ethnographic study on Nynorsk language activism, attitudes and aesthetic tendencies'

2017-18: Master of Science by Research in Scandinavian Studies, University of Edinburgh

  • Dissertation title: 'The Language Youth: A Sociolinguistic and Ethnographic Study of Contemporary Norwegian Nynorsk Language Activism (2015-16, 2018)'

2018-present : Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh

  • Project title: 'Language leagues, platforms and societies: a descriptive analysis of contemporary language activism in modern Catalonia, Norway and Scotland'

Responsibilities & affiliations

Tutor in Scandinavian Studies (2017-)

Tutor in Linguistics and English Language (2018-)

Undergraduate teaching

Linguistics and English Language 1A

Linguistics and English Language 2E: Structure and History of European Languages

Nynorsk Language and Literature

 

Current research interests

Linguistic ethnography, critical sociolinguistics, language activism, metapragmatics/metalinguistics, anthropological linguistics, Nynorsk, Scots, Catalan

Past research interests

Language standardisation, contemporary history of the Norwegian language, language planning and policy

Affiliated research centres

Current project grants

2018- : PhD scholarship (3 years), Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

Past project grants

2017-2018: Arthur Kitchin Postgraduate Scholarship, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Edinburgh
2017-2018: Helen Philip Memorial Bursary, College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, University of Edinburgh