Dr Iarfhlaith Watson has been a lecturer in the School of Sociology, UCD, since 1996. He has been President of the Sociological Association Ireland (as well as Honorary Membership Secretary and Vice-President, and Managing Editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology), elected member of the Board of the International Visual Sociology Association, Irish member of the International Social Survey Programme and an Associate Editor of Visual Studies. His research interest, publication and teaching have been primarily in the area of the sociology of nations and national identity (with an interest in the Irish language and Irish language broadcasting).
Anna Ní Ghallachair
A native speaker of Irish and English, Anna Ní Ghallachair has taught English at the Université de Bordeaux III and Université de Rennes 1, and both Irish and English at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest. She has also taught Irish, French and German at third level in Ireland. Her research interests are in multilingualism, language policy, language teaching and testing, and Franco-Breton literature.
Anna is currently Head of the School of Celtic Studies, Director of the Centre for Irish Language: Research, Teaching and Testing, and Acting Director of the Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage at Maynooth University. She served as Director of Maynooth University Language Centre for 22 years and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy from 2008 until 2014.
Anna is a former president of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (2004-7) and was a member of Coimisiún na Gaeltachta (a government commission appointed to draft recommendations to strengthen the role of the Irish language in the Gaeltacht) from 2000-02, She has acted as academic advisor to the Language Education Policy Working Group of the Irish Department of Education and Skills (2008-09), Chairperson of the Board of Raidió na Gaeltachta(2010-13) and as a member of the Advisory Board of the European Indicator of Language Competence project at the European Commission in Brussels. Currently, she is a member of the executive committee of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), the Irish representative on the Indicator Expert Group on Multilingualism at the European Commission and a member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee. In 2012, she was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, the state agency responsible for the social, linguistic and economic development of the Gaeltacht.
Margaret Deuchar is Emeritus Professor in Linguistics at Bangor University and Affiliated Lecturer at the Dept of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge. She is also affiliated with Cambridge Language Sciences (see https://www.languagesciences.cam.ac.uk/directory/professor-margaret-deuchar/) and is a member of their Steering Committee. She has previously held posts at Lancaster, Sussex and Cambridge Universities. She graduated from Cambridge in Modern Languages (French and German) and obtained her PhD from Stanford University. Her thesis was on British Sign Language and was followed by a 1984 book, British Sign Language, published by Routledge. Shortly afterwards she began research on bilingual acquisition and published (with S. Quay) a book entitled Bilingual Acquisition: Theoretical Implications of a Case Study in 2000 with Oxford University Press. She then extended her interests to bilingual adults, initially in the context of Wales, and was founding Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice (2007-2012). With the corpus-based group at the Centre she collected three corpora of code-switching data (Welsh-English, Welsh-Spanish and Spanish-English) which are available at www.bangortalk.org. She is currently working on a co-authored book to be published by John Benjamins and entitled Building and Using the Siarad Corpus: Bilingual conversations in Welsh and English.
Timothy Currie Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in Gaelic and Communication at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye. In 1990, he earned a BA in Biology (general honours with high honours in the subject) from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, USA, and in 2006, he earned a BA in Gaelic Language and Culture from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. In 2009, he successfully defended his thesis for a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the University of Aberdeen.
His research focuses on language planning at the micro-level, in communities, in the home and in small organizations, and he is particularly interested in language ideology and theorizing language revitalization from a social-movement perspective.