Dr John Bellamy

Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Luxembourg Studies

JohnBellamyAs a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, I was engaged in the MULTILUX project looking into young people’s viewpoints regarding the ways that language is used in Luxembourg, with a particular focus on the disjuncture between language policy at the level of the state and everyday linguistic practices. My research approach involves discussions and interviews with people to find out what they think about language and usage in their area. The scope of my investigations has so far included data collection in Austria, Germany and the UK.

My doctoral thesis was a transnational study comparing evaluations of language varieties in different linguistic contexts in order to uncover correlations as well as differences in value judgements of spoken language and its speakers. I have just completed a postdoctoral research project funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in the industrial Ruhr region of Germany where I conducted a survey of attitudes in spoken interaction towards Ruhrdeutsch. In collaboration with Kristine Horner, I am teaching courses within the context of sociolinguistics and multilingualism at the University of Sheffield.

Selected Publications

Bellamy, John (Forthcoming) . 'Language Attitudes in Spoken Interaction: A Case Study in the Ruhrgebiet'. In: Gijsbert Rutten and Kristine Horner (eds) Metalanguage, Language Ideologies and Standardization: Germanic Languages in Social and Historical Perspective. Frankfurt-am-Main: Peter Lang.

Horner, Kristine and John Bellamy (In press) 'The Micro-Macro Interface in Language and Identity Research'. In: Siân Preece (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity. Oxford: Routledge.

Bellamy, John (2012) Language Attitudes in England and Austria. A Sociolinguistic Investigation into Perceptions of High and Low-Prestige Varieties in Manchester and Vienna (Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik Beihefte - Band 151). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner