Steven Delarue

Steven Delarue

Education Policy Advisor // PhD in Linguistics

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Introduction
Back in 2016, I completed and successfully defended my PhD dissertation on Flemish teachers' (standard) language perceptions and ideologies. Currently I'm no longer in academia: since September 2016 I work as a policy advisor for the Ghent Education Centre (Onderwijscentrum Gent). If you're interested in one of my papers: feel free to get in touch! I'll be happy to help you out. A lot of my papers, as well as my contact information, can be found on my blog/website: http://www.stevendelarue.be.
Additional affiliations
September 2010 - August 2016
Ghent University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • 50% teaching
September 2010 - August 2016
Ghent University
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • 50% research
Education
February 2011 - June 2013
CVO Het Perspectief
Field of study
  • Specifieke Lerarenopleiding
September 2009 - June 2010
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Bedrijfseconomie
September 2008 - September 2009
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Taal- en Letterkunde: Nederlands

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Publications (23)
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As a starting point, this paper offers a theoretical discussion of a number of widely used yet diversely conceived concepts: (standard) language ideology, identity, agency, and indexicality. Using these concepts, we analyze a number of illustrative interview extracts from a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews with Flemish primary and secondary sch...
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Flanders, the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, is facing a growing intra-and interlingual diversity. On the intralingual level, tussentaal ('in-between-language') emerged as a cluster of intermediate varieties between the Flemish dialects and Standard Dutch, gradually becoming the colloquial language. At the same time, Flemish language-in-...
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Flanders, the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, is experiencing growing intra and interlingual diversity. On the intralingual level, Tussentaal ('in-between-language') has emerged as a cluster of intermediate varieties between the Flemish dialects and Standard Dutch, gradually becoming the colloquial language. At the same time, Flanders is...
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By comparing the interview data of two research projects, this paper analyses how Flemish teachers and pupils handle the field of tension between the Flemish language-in-education policy, propagating Standard Dutch, and the linguistically diverse classroom practice. The language discourses of both teachers and pupils seem to be strongly congruent,...
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This paper investigates the interactional behavior and the socio-pedagogical valorization of translanguaging practices of teachers and pupils in a multilingual and a monolingual classroom. By including the latter, we aim at expanding the scope of translanguaging research. Based on linguistic-ethnographic fieldwork, our analyses demonstrate differen...
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(The actual chapter does not have an abstract, this is an informal synopsis in English - the original is in Dutch.) This chapter proposes concrete recommendations for teachers of Dutch on how to implement the complex standard language situation in Flanders in a teachable curriculum. It first reviews the problems which ensue from the tension betwee...
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This introductory paper provides an outline of the recent research on processes of destandardization and demotization in national standard languages across Europe, with a focus on the standard language dynamics in the Dutch language area. On the basis of a state-of-the-art-description, a number of remaining theoretical and methodological issues are...
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In this paper, Grondelaers and Van Hout's statement that "the highest nonvirtual stratum of Belgian Dutch is documented by the speech of Belgian teachers" (2011, p. 219) is put to the test. Using production data from two corpora of contemporary spoken Dutch, mixed models binary logistic regression was carried out, focussing on 11 phonological and m...
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‘Elke leraar is een taalleraar’, stelde voormalig Vlaams minister van Onderwijs Frank Vandenbroucke toen hij in 2007 zijn taalbeleid uitwerkte. In zijn talenbeleidsnota (en die van zijn opvolger, Pascal Smet) werd het Standaardnederlands naar voren geschoven als de enige taalvariëteit die geschikt is om de problemen van taalachterstand en sociale o...
Conference Paper
In both the processes of standardisation of language varieties and the maintenance of these standard varieties, education often plays a central role (Haugen 1983; García & Menken 2010). School teachers are for instance expected to be the first-line dispensers of standard usage (Grondelaers & Van Hout 2012), teaching their pupils this propagated sta...
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De jaarlijkse VRT-Taaldag stond ook dit jaar weer garant voor talrijke toespraken, debatten en prijsuitreikingen, maar het was vooral de rede van taaladviseur Ruud Hendrickx die de dag nadien de kranten haalde. Hij kondigde een nieuw Taalcharter aan, waarin meer aandacht zou zijn voor álle registers van het Nederlands. Naast de standaardtaal zouden...
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In this paper, I discuss the polemic regarding the use of standard language and tussentaal ('intermediate language') in Flanders from an educational perspective: what language variety (or which varieties) can be used by teachers in primary and secondary schools in Flanders? The language policy of the government demands the use of the standard in al...

Questions

Questions (3)
Question
In a recent review report, following a paper I submitted for publication, the reviewer suggested that I should adopt the agency/structure debate as a framework for the analysis of my interviews with Flemish primary and secondary school teachers. 
By now, I'm aware of the basic distinction between structure and agency, and I know the most common views on the topic (focus on structure, focus on agency, or a dialectic relationship between both, like Bourdieu proposes), but when I'm looking for more literature on the topic, there is a vast amount of articles and papers out there - and I don't know where to start. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm working in the field of (educational) sociolinguistics, and my research is on the language perceptions and (standard) language ideologies of teachers in Flanders (Belgium). 
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I'm having a bit of a hard time getting my head around Silverstein's concept of 'indexical order', and how it relates to what Blommaert (2007) and others call 'orders of indexicality'. Both are ways in which indexicality can be ordered (instead of being unstructured), but what are the differences between both indexicality "types"? If someone could clarify that for me, I would be very grateful.
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A (smaller) part of my PhD research, which focuses on language use and language perception of Flemish teachers, consists of a questionnaire, in which informants have to assess a few statements regarding their language use and what they expect of others. Instead of using Likert scales, I've chosen a direct distance measurement method (with a straight horizontal line, on which the informant has to put a cross at some point as an answer to the statement) to avoid a limitation of possible options. I was wondering if you have any opinions regarding which elicitation method is better here and if there is any literature (in sociolinguistics or a related field) that can help me to support my methodology. It's a small question, but I've been thinking about this one for some time now.

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