Biography

I am Senior Lecturer in Spanish in the School of Modern Languages and Linguistics, and also Research Director for the School. My main research interests are: the sociolinguistics of minoritised languages in Spain, in particular Catalan; Irish in Ireland, with particular reference to the media; critical discourse analysis of the language of politics. I have published on these areas in a wide variety of international journals.

Research Interests

My main research interests are: the sociolinguistics of minoritised languages in Spain, in particular Catalan; Irish in Ireland, with particular reference to the media; critical discourse analysis of the language of politics. I have published on these areas in a wide variety of international journals. In the case of Catalonia I am currently researching the ways in which established tropes around civic, ethnic and ethnolinguistic are being discursively exploited by both left and right political constituencies in the context of the independence movement. My most recent work on Irish focuses on, respectively, the interplay between (potential) speakers' language-ideological positions and the ways in which the language is thematised in the media.

I welcome applications for research supervision in the areas of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, language policy, pragmatics; language teaching methodology and the politics of language teaching.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2008 - University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2005 - Nominated for University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award.

Association

  • Membership Secretary (2010-2016), International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society (SIS)
  • Secretary (1997-2004), Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS)

Language

  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Greek

Outreach

  • Voluntary English Language tutor, Doras Luimni. March 2017-

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

‘Democratic credentials and the ‘other(s)' in the discourse of the Spanish Partido Popular 1977-2015.

Atkinson, D. and C.Ramblado (2018) ‘Democratic credentials and the ‘other(s)' in the discourse of the Spanish Partido Popular 1977-2015. . Journal Of Language And Politics

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2017

‘Perspectives on language sustainability in a performance era: Discourses, policies and practices in a digital and social media campaign to revitalise Irish'

Kelly-Holmes, H. and D. Atkinson (2017) ‘Perspectives on language sustainability in a performance era: Discourses, policies and practices in a digital and social media campaign to revitalise Irish'. Open Linguistics :236-250

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2016

Exploring language attitudes and ideologies in university students' discussion of Irish in a context of increasing language diversity

David Atkinson and Helen Kelly-Holmes (2016) Exploring language attitudes and ideologies in university students' discussion of Irish in a context of increasing language diversity. Language And Intercultural Communication

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2012

‘There's no excuse. Speak Catalan!'– the marketing of language acquisition to mobility students

Atkinson, David and Moriarty, Máiread (2012) ‘There's no excuse. Speak Catalan!'– the marketing of language acquisition to mobility students. International Journal Of Applied Linguistics

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2011

Codeswitching, identity and ownership in Irish radio comedy

Atkinson, D; Kelly-Holmes, H (2011) Codeswitching, identity and ownership in Irish radio comedy. Journal Of Pragmatics :251-260

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2007

Minority language advertising: A profile of two Irish-language newspapers

Kelly-Holmes H., Atkinson D. (2007) Minority language advertising: A profile of two Irish-language newspapers. Journal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development :34-50

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2006

Catalan on the Internet and the .ct and .cat campaigns

Atkinson, D (2006) Catalan on the Internet and the .ct and .cat campaigns. Journal Of Language And Politics :239-249

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2006

Linguistic normalisation and the market: advertising and linguistic choice in El Periódico de Catalunya

Atkinson, D; Kelly-Holmes, H (2006) Linguistic normalisation and the market: advertising and linguistic choice in El Periódico de Catalunya. Language Problems And Language Planning :239-260

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2000

Language legislation in Catalonia: the 1998 Language Policy Act and the politics of normalisation

David Atkinson (2000) Language legislation in Catalonia: the 1998 Language Policy Act and the politics of normalisation. International Journal of Iberian Studies :95-108

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2000

Minoritisation, identity and ethnolinguistic vitality in Catalonia

David Atkinson (2000) Minoritisation, identity and ethnolinguistic vitality in Catalonia. Journal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development :185-197

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1998

Normalisation: integration or assimilation: a response to Miquel Strubell.

David Atkinson (1998) Normalisation: integration or assimilation: a response to Miquel Strubell.. Current Issues In Language And Society :2010-2014

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1997

Attitudes towards language use in Catalonia: politics or sociolinguistics?

David Atkinson (1997) Attitudes towards language use in Catalonia: politics or sociolinguistics?. International Journal of Iberian Studies :5-14

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1995

'Communicative language teaching in the 1990s: a consumer's perspective.'

Atkinson, D. (1995) 'Communicative language teaching in the 1990s: a consumer's perspective.' . TESOL France Journal :101-111

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1995

‘Languages for all: the crucial role of the first few weeks.'

Atkinson, D., N. Reimann and J. Turner (1995) ‘Languages for all: the crucial role of the first few weeks.' . Language Learning Journal :26-30

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1993

‘Teaching in the target language: a problem in the current orthodoxy.'

Atkinson, D. (1993) ‘Teaching in the target language: a problem in the current orthodoxy.'. Language Learning Journal :2-5

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1989

'Humanistic techniques in the adult classroom: an affective reaction.'

Atkinson, D (1989) 'Humanistic techniques in the adult classroom: an affective reaction.'. ELT Journal :268-273

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1987

‘The mother tongue in the classroom: a neglected resource?'

Atkinson, D (1987) ‘The mother tongue in the classroom: a neglected resource?'. ELT Journal :241-247

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Books

2003

Language and Power in the Modern World

Talbot, M; Atkinson, K; Atkinson, D (2003) Language and Power in the Modern World. 1. Edinburgh 2. Alabama : EUP and University of Alabama Press

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1993

Teaching Monolingual Classes

Atkinson, D (1993) Teaching Monolingual Classes. : Longman

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Book Chapters

2018

‘New speakers and linguistic practices: Contexts, definitions and issues'

Atkinson, D. (2018) ‘New speakers and linguistic practices: Contexts, definitions and issues'. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan : Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan New Speakers of Minority Languages,: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices.

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2011

‘Political Implicature in Parliamentary Discourse: An analysis of Mariano Rajoy's Speech on the 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy'.

Atkinson, D. (2011) ‘Political Implicature in Parliamentary Discourse: An analysis of Mariano Rajoy's Speech on the 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy'.. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan : Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Spanish at work: Analysing Institutional Discourse across the Spanish Speaking World. :130-145

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2010

Spain and Portugal

Atkinson, D., M. Bengoechea and S. Michele de Oliveira. (2010) Spain and Portugal. London and New York : Routledge Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

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2007

`When Hector met Tom Cruise': Attitudes to Irish in a radio satire.

Kelly-Holmes, H; Atkinson, D (2007) `When Hector met Tom Cruise': Attitudes to Irish in a radio satire.. London and New York : Continuum Language in the Media; Representations, Identities, Ideologies

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2006

Linguistic and cultural issues in teaching Erasmus students.

Atkinson, D (2006) Linguistic and cultural issues in teaching Erasmus students.. Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom at University: The TEMCU Project :141-151

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1999

‘Normalisation: integration or assimilation? A response to Miquel Strubell'

Atkinson, D. (1999) ‘Normalisation: integration or assimilation? A response to Miquel Strubell'. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters : Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Language, Democracy and Devolution in Catalonia :68-72

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Edited Books

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Other Journals

1988

The learner often forgets: memorisation in the post-communicative classroom.

Atkinson, D. (1988) The learner often forgets: memorisation in the post-communicative classroom.. Modern English Teacher :40-42

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Conference Publications

2008

Spanish in Society

Atkinson (2008) Spanish in Society.

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2007

Royal Irish Academy conference In/difference: current and historical perspectives on cultures in contact.

Atkinson, D. (2007) Royal Irish Academy conference In/difference: current and historical perspectives on cultures in contact..

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Conference Contributions

2015

Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS) Annual Conference

Atkinson, D., Ramblado, C. (2015) Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS) Annual Conference.

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Published Reports

2015

‘Research in progress: Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland.'

Chambers, A., Atkinson, D., Farr, F. (2015) ‘Research in progress: Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland.' . Cambridge, UK : Language Teaching

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2012

‘Research in progress: Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland.'

Chambers, A., Atkinson, D. and Farr, F. (2012) ‘Research in progress: Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland.' . Cambridge, UK : Language Teaching

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

2013

Second language identities

Atkinson, D (2013) Second language identities. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development :490-510

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2010

Review of Fernàndez, J. (2008) El Malestar en la Cultura Catalana, Barcelona: Biblioteca Universal Empúries., ISBN 978-84-9787-341-3, Paperback, 410pp

D. Atkinson (2010) Review of Fernàndez, J. (2008) El Malestar en la Cultura Catalana, Barcelona: Biblioteca Universal Empúries., ISBN 978-84-9787-341-3, Paperback, 410pp . UK : Intellect Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies,

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Other Publications

2013

Second language identities

Atkinson, D (2013) Second language identities. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development :490-510

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2010

Review of Fernàndez, J. (2008) El Malestar en la Cultura Catalana, Barcelona: Biblioteca Universal Empúries., ISBN 978-84-9787-341-3, Paperback, 410pp

D. Atkinson (2010) Review of Fernàndez, J. (2008) El Malestar en la Cultura Catalana, Barcelona: Biblioteca Universal Empúries., ISBN 978-84-9787-341-3, Paperback, 410pp . UK : Intellect Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies,

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