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Dr. David Atkinson


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.

Professional Activities


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


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


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


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


Book Chapter


‘New speakers and linguistic practices: Contexts, definitions and issues'
Atkinson, D.
New Speakers of Minority Languages,: Linguistic Ideologies and Practices.


‘Political Implicature in Parliamentary Discourse: An analysis of Mariano Rajoy's Speech on the 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy'.
Atkinson, D.
Spanish at work: Analysing Institutional Discourse across the Spanish Speaking World.


‘Normalisation: integration or assimilation? A response to Miquel Strubell'
Atkinson, D.
Language, Democracy and Devolution in Catalonia

Peer Reviewed Journal


‘There's no excuse. Speak Catalan!'– the marketing of language acquisition to mobility students
Atkinson, David and Moriarty, Máiread
International Journal Of Applied Linguistics DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2011.00303.x


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