Antony Hoyte-West deposited Review of Roberts, Simon Gwyn. 2020. From the Welsh Border to the World: Travels in Minority Languages. Chester: University of Chester Press. 228 pages. ISBN 978-1-908258-37-3. on Humanities Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
In these uncertain times of conflict, issues of sociocultural, linguistic, and ethnonational identity have naturally come to the fore. Accordingly, Simon Gwyn Roberts’s wide-ranging study of minority languages and their speakers is a timely contribution to broader studies of the intersection of major/minor linguistic identities with geography and politics. Based on nine case studies selected from areas known to be particularly diverse in terms of the number of languages spoken, the book draws on the author’s academic and practical background in journalism (he is senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Chester), as well as his wider research interests in online media and his extensive global travels. As the title of the volume suggests, the common point of reference for these studies is Wales and the Welsh linguistic context. Indeed, the author highlights his own paternal Welsh ancestry and his awareness of relevant debates relating to language politics; through this, a useful framework for comparing and contrasting these seemingly disparate locales is provided.