Biography

Originally from Virginia in the US, Cassie received her PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2012 for her thesis on code-switching and language maintenance in a Gaelic-speaking family on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. From 2012-2016, Cassie was a research fellow for Soillse, the interuniversity Gaelic language research network, for the University of the Highlands and Islands. Part of this fellowship was spent at Lews Castle College on the Isle of Lewis and between 2014-2015, Cassie also held a fellowship at the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, during which time she completed her monograph Family Language Policy: Maintaining an Endangered Language in the Home (Palgrave, 2016). Other publications include articles in the Journal of Pragmatics; Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; Current Issues in Language Planning; Language, Culture and Curriculum; and theInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language. Cassie is currently at the University of Limerick with a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Irish Research Council to conduct a comparative study of Family Language Policy (FLP) in Scotland and Ireland.

Research Interests

Multilingualism; Language Shift and Maintenance; Family Language Policy; Minority Language Issues; Code-Switching; Language and Migration; New Speaker Issues; Pragmatics; Conversational Analysis

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2017 Foundation for Endangered Languages,

Award

  • 2016 - Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2014 - Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities
  • 2014 - British Association of Applied Linguistics/ Cambridge University Press Seminar Award

Association

  • 2016 Coordinating Communications Officer, COST New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

Employment

  • 2012 University of the Highlands and Islands - Soillse Research Fellow

Education

  • 2012 University of Glasgow - PhD
  • 2007 Leiden University - MA
  • 2006 College of William and Mary - Bachelor of Arts

Outreach

  • In 2014, I organised Là Fealla-Dhà/Gaelic Family Fun with Commun na Gàidhlig. This event was held at Lews Castle College, Stornoway, and was aimed at promoting the use of Gaelic in fun and family-centred activities.

    I currently am one of the coordinators for the Migration and Asylum Network (MAN) within COST New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges.

Books

Family Language Policy: Maintaining an Endangered Language in the Home

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2016
Basingstoke
Palgrave
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Book Chapters

Stance and code-switching: Gaelic-English bilinguals on the Isles of Skye and Harris

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2013
Amsterdam
Johns Benjamins
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Gaelic Scotland and Ireland: issues of class and diglossia in an evolving social landscape

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2015
London
Routledge
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Code-Switching in ‘Flannan Isles': A Micro-Interactional Approach to a Bilingual Narrative

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2014
Basingstoke
Palgrave
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Voicing the ‘other' Code-switching in discourses of Gaelic language ideologies

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2015
Amsterdanm
Johns Benjamins
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Family Language Policy: New Directions

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2017
London
Routledge
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

‘Is it really for talking?': the implications of associating a minority language with the school

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2017
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Regression on the fused lect continuum? Discourse markers in Scottish Gaelic–English speech

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2016
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Gaelic on the Isle of Skye: older speakers' identity in a language-shift situation

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2009
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Being socialised into language shift: the impact of extended family members on family language policy

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2014
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Complementary reversing language shift strategies in education: the importance of adult heritage learners of threatened minority languages

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2014
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Other Journals

BAAL/CUP Seminar 2014: Languages in the UK: Bridging the gap between the classroom and the community in language learning

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2015
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Other Publications

Language and Place: Insights from World War II Evacuees to Gaelic-Speaking Areas.

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2015
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I am a white linguist

Dr. Cassandra Smith Christmas
2016
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