Dr. Naomi Truan

Alfried Krupp Junior Fellow
(October 2021 - March 2022) 

  • Studies of German language and literature at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) as well as at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität Berlin
  • PhD in Linguistics at the Sorbonne Université Paris and the Freie Universität Berlin
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the State University of Albany (NY, USA), former member of the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin), Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and the University of Oxford (UK)
  • currently post-doc at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Leipzig

Fellow project: "Language Ideologies Through the Lens of Multilingual Speakers: How Language Ideologies Change in Globalized Societies“

As an interdisciplinary project at the crossroads between sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, informed by migration, urban, and mobility studies, this research proposal takes both micro and macro perspectives on language ideologies and language change. It contributes to the sociolinguistics of globalization by developing an empirically based understanding of what the effects of multilingual practices in adulthood on language ideologies — in the first, second, possibly third, etc. language — are.
Understanding language as a social practice, I combine a contrastive approach in discourse analysis and pragmatics with a critical sociolinguistic perspective on language ideologies, explored as (meta)discourses on language use. On the basis of qualitative interviews in the Francophone and Anglophone communities in Germany, I explore whether a second or third language learnt in adulthood has an influence on the perceptions and values around the first language.