Andrew F Bradley

Andrew Frank Bradley

PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies (WRoCAH AHRC Studentship)

Email: afbradley1@sheffield.ac.uk

Twitter: @Af_Bradley

The findings of a previous study (Bradley 2015) reveal that there are significant differences in the representations of certain analogous content between Catalan and Valencian textbooks of the subject Llengua i Literatura (Language and Literature, LL). A comparative and critical discourse analysis of a small corpus of these textbooks from the final two years of secondary school shows that a variety of discursive strategies (i.e. omissions, ambiguities, circumlocutions) are employed, resulting in multiple, and often conflicting, representations of the legal status of Catalan, Valencian as a diatopic variant of Catalan, and a shared Catalan literary canon and cultural identity. This thesis builds upon these findings directly, shifting from text to recipient analysis, to gain insight into how these textbook differences and discourses are perceived and (re)produced in a focus group setting by their target users, in this instance, Catalan and Valencian students from the final and fourth year of Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (4º ESO).

The aims of my thesis are therefore three-fold. Firstly, to investigate the ways in which participants identify, discuss, negotiate, and (re)produce conflicting representations and discourses across different 4º ESO Catalan and Valencian LL textbooks, specifically in relation to three major topics: language, (national) identity, and space. Secondly, to research how language ideologies are drawn upon, consciously or unconsciously, by participants to negotiate and challenge their wider views and understanding(s) of language, (national) identity, and space, as well as how they relate and position themselves (and others) to current issues of their environment. Thirdly, to gain insight into participants’ meta-understanding of the textbook as an important discursive text, their views on the alleged political indoctrination in institutional and educational settings, and the role of the textbook in shaping discourses in interaction.

I am currently planning on publishing articles on political correctness in Valencian LL textbooks, as well as on the language ideological perspectives of the Catalan Countries by Catalan and Valencian secondary school students.

Teaching

Profesor visitante 2017
Various state secondary schools in Catalonia and the Valencian Community

  • Delivery of numerous guest lectures on the importance of Catalan outside of Spain to students of all ages but mostly to those in the last years of high school
  • Delivery of workshops for teachers and students alike on various aspects of oral English and British culture, as well as workshops on Latin and Ancient Greek culture and language
  • Teaching Assistant for various Catalan and Valencian language classes (different levels)

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant 2016
University of Sheffield – The Spanish Language: Structure and Use

  • Design and delivery of lectures and seminars on the topic of sociolinguistics
  • Design, supervision, and marking of academic assignments and Class Test
  • General academic support and advice
  • Assistance in the supervision and marking of academic assignments and tutorial sessions

Academic Tutor 2015
University of Liverpool

  • Supervision of three Year 12 Spanish students for the Liverpool Scholars Programme
  • Assistance in the supervision and marking of academic assignments and tutorial sessions
  • General academic support and advice

Conference papers and contributions

Conference papers

Bradley, A.F. (2018) (accepted) ‘Challenging and negotiating borders: Language ideological perspectives of the Catalan Countries by Catalan and Valencian secondary school students’ as part of the "Borders, (im)mobilities and spatialised linguistic resources” colloquium at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, at the University of Auckland, 28-30 June.

— (2018) ‘Language borders, conflict, and identity: The Països Catalans as challenged and negotiated by Catalan and Valencian secondary school students’ at Language and Borders: Rethinking Mobility, Migration, and Space, at the University of Bristol, 26-27 March.

— (2017) ‘La nostra llengua parla ací del valencià, no del català’: Negotiating the language-ideological dimensions of Valencian textbooks’ at LXIII Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, at the University of Birmingham, 10-12 November.

— (2017) ‘L’Espai de l’Investigador: A proposed platform for international scholars in Catalan Studies’ at LXIII Anglo-Catalan Society Conference, at the University of Birmingham, 10-12 November.

— (2017) ‘Language ideologies as reflected in Catalan and Valencian ‘Language and Literature’ textbooks: ambiguities, circumlocutions, and omissions’ at the SiS2017: Language Ideologies in the Spanish speaking world context, at the University of Southampton, 31 March.

— (2016) ‘Students’ and teachers’ reception and perception of language-political ideologies in Catalan and Valencian ‘Language and Literature’ textbooks, at Department of Hispanic Studies Research Seminar Series 2016-17, at the University of Sheffield, 7 December.

— (2016) ‘Negotiating national identities: The use of first person plural pronouns in Catalan and Valencian textbooks’, at Negotiating Identity across Boundaries: Assimilation and Fragmentation – School of Languages and Cultures Postgraduate Colloquium, at the University of Sheffield, 13 May.

— (2016) ‘Educational texts as political interventions: A comparative case-study of Catalan and Valencian ‘language and literature’ textbooks’, at Making Interdisciplinarity Work: Linking Languages, Texts and Society, at the University of Nottingham, 22 April.

— (2016) ‘Catalan and Valencian llengua i literatura textbooks as ideological products: a cross-comparative and synchronic study’, at 1st Bristol Postgraduate Conference on Language and Society, at the University of Bristol, 4 March.

Book reviews

Bradley, A.F. (2017) ‘Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia’, by Kathryn Woolard (2016) for the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (in press).

Book chapters

Horner, K. and A.F. Bradley. Under review. ‘Language ideologies.’ In: Darquennes, J., J. Salmons and W. Vandenbussche (eds). Language Contact: An International Handbook (volume 1). Berlin/New York: de Gruyter (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science).

Professional reports

Bradley, A.F. (2017) ‘L’Espai de l’Investigador’ for the Institut Ramon Llull Headquarters in Barcelona (January 2017). [Part of the WRoCAH Research Employability Project]

Other activities

  • Director and Convener for the Catalan Reading Group, 2015 - present. (University of Sheffield and University of Liverpool - 2018).
  • Sky News Live television interview on the Catalan independence movement. (Alicante - 31 October 2017).
  • Co-Director and Co-Convener for the Language Policy Reading Group, 2016 – 2017.
  • Co-organiser and Co-founder for the Historical and Contemporary Knowledgebase in Sociolinguistics (HaCKS), a student-led sociolinguistics forum that hosts a seminar series across the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York, 2015.
  • Co-organiser for the ‘Negotiating Identity Across Boundaries: Assimilation and Fragmentation’ School of Languages and Cultures Postgraduate Colloquium, (University of Sheffield - 13 May 2016).
  • Blog contributions to HaCKS website and the University of Sheffield’s School of Languages and Cultures Postgraduate blog.
  • Website designer for https://negotiatingidentity2016.wordpress.com and https://hacksocioling.com/ Co-website designer for https://multilingualismandmobility.org/
  • Student Foreign News Editor at KVH Media Group. Responsibilities included editing, subediting and proofreading Spanish text for the following news editions: México Hoy, Argentina Hoy, América Latina Hoy, and España Hoy, March-September 2015.



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