Actas do CILX2018

Actas do XIII Congreso Internacional de Lingüística Xeral
Editadas por Marta Díaz, Gael Vaamonde, Ana Varela, Mª Carmen Cabeza, José M. García-Miguel e Fernando Ramallo
Vigo, Universidade de Vigo, 2018. ISBN: 78-84-8158-786-9

TítuloBecoming an active Basque speaker during the Bilbao festival week
AutoríaHanna Lantto
ResumoThis paper presents the first results of an ethnographic study conducted in the festivities of Bilbao, Aste Nagusia, in the summer 2017. Several new speakers of Basque were observed and interviewed to examine how their experiences in a grass root organization that focuses on the promotion of the Basque language can lead to a muda (Pujolar and Puigdevall 2015), a performative change in linguistic habits. The student experiences are diverse, as are their stances towards the Basque language. The relationships and the linguistic patterns established in the organization can be limited to the physical space of the festive building, txosna, or they can become highly consequential in the lives of the new Basque speakers. Aste Nagusia is organized every year, which provides the participants with the opportunity to come back and re-establish the relationships and language patterns that could otherwise dissolve in the course of life.
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