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Dr. David Atkinson

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.

Teaching Interests

I teach a wide variety of topics within the broad areas of Hispanic Studies, linguistics and sociolinguistics, from first year undergraduate to postgraduate level. I also supervise FYPs on an extensive range of topics, mainly related to language in one form or another in Latin America and Spain, and also projects in the area of language teaching methodology.

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-

Publications

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 1. Edinburgh 2. Alabama

1993

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

Book Chapters

2018

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

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'.
In Spanish at work: Analysing Institutional Discourse across the Spanish Speaking World. ; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan : Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan pp. 130-145

2010

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

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.
In Language in the Media; Representations, Identities, Ideologies; London and New York : Continuum London and New York

2006

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

1999

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

Edited Books

2006


(2006)
In Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom: the TEMCU project; Atkinson D., M. Morón and D. Kelly(Ed.) Granada, Spain : Atrio

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.
In Journal Of Language And Politics;

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'
In Open Linguistics; pp. 236-250
[ULIR]

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
In Language And Intercultural Communication;
DOI: 10.1080/14708477.2015.1136317

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
In International Journal Of Applied Linguistics;
DOI: 10.1111/j.1473-4192.2011.00303.x

2011

Codeswitching, identity and ownership in Irish radio comedy
Atkinson, D; Kelly-Holmes, H
(2011) Codeswitching, identity and ownership in Irish radio comedy
In Journal Of Pragmatics; pp. 251-260
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2010.07.021

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
In Journal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development; pp. 34-50
DOI: 10.2167/jmmd473.1

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
In Language Problems And Language Planning; pp. 239-260

2006

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

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
In International Journal of Iberian Studies; pp. 95-108

2000

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

1998

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

1997

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

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.'
In Language Learning Journal; pp. 26-30

1995

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

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.'
In Language Learning Journal; pp. 2-5

1989

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

1987

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

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.
In Modern English Teacher; pp. 40-42

Conference Publications

2008

Spanish in Society
Atkinson
(2008) Spanish in Society
N. Lorenzo-Dus and others. Paper submitted to be considered for publication in book.(Ed.)

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.

Conference Contributions

2015

Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS) Annual Conference
Atkinson, D., Ramblado, C.
(2015) Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies (ACIS) Annual Conference
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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

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

Other Publications

2013

Second language identities
Atkinson, D
(2013) Second language identities
In Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; pp. 490-510
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2013.803713

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
In Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies,; Enric Castelló Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain(Ed.) UK : Intellect