Publication details [#60193]

Urla, Jacqueline, Esti Amorrortu, Anne Ortega, Belen Uranga and Jone Goirigolzarri. 2015. Linguistic identity among new speakers of Basque. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2015 (231) : 85–105.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This paper explores how new speakers of Basque, who acquired the language otherwise than via family transmission, consider and situate themselves regarding the commonly employed labels for “new” and “native” Basque speakers and the genuineness and legality ideologies that appear to mold these perceptions. Merely acquiring the language, even to an advanced proficiency level, does not warrant a self-perception as authentic Basque speakers.