I hold degrees from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (MA), the University of Durham (MA), and Queen Mary University of London (PhD). Before joining Mercator / the Fryske Akademy, I was an Eakin Fellow at McGill University in Montreal as well as working at the University of Birmingham and Liverpool Hope University.
I am a sociolinguist with a specialisation in societal multilingualism, language contact situations, and intergroup relations. I am particularly interested in language attitudes and ideologies, language practices, and language policy and planning. Much of my work focuses on autochthonous and migrant minority language communities.
Previous research projects:
Several of my previous projects have focused on language attitudes, language practices, and language policy and planning in the Canadian province of Quebec. I have also recently completed a collaborative project (with Sue Fox from the University of Bern) that investigated language attitudes and ideologies regarding Multicultural London English, a contact variety spoken in England's main metropolis.
Current research projects:
My work at Mercator / the Fryske Akademy primarily deals with language attitudes, language practices, and language policy and planning with regard to West Frisian in the Dutch province of Fryslân. In addition to my work at Mercator / the Fryske Akademy, I am currently involved in a collaborative project (with several researchers from Concordia and McGill University) that focuses on the language attitudes and practices of Quebec-based parents who are raising their children multilingually. I am also involved in a collaborative project (with Ethan Kutlu from the Universiy of Florida) that investigates attitudes and ideologies regarding Spanish as a heritage language in the United States.
Kuipers-Zandberg, H. and Kircher, R. 2020. The objective and subjective ethnolinguistic vitality of West Frisian: Promotion and perception of a minority language in the Netherlands. Sustainable Multilingualism 17: 1-25.
Ballinger, S., Brouillard, M., Ahooja, A., Kircher, R., Polka, L., and Byers-Heinlein, K. 2020. Intersections of official and family language policy in Quebec. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, online ahead of print.
Kircher, R. 2019. Intergenerational language transmission in Quebec: Patterns and predictors in the light of provincial language planning. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, online ahead of print.
Kircher, R. and Fox, S. 2019. Multicultural London English and its speakers: A corpus-informed discourse study of standard language ideology and social stereotypes. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, online ahead of print.
Kircher, R. and Fox, S. 2019. Attitudes towards Multicultural London English: Implications for attitude theory and language planning. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 40 (10): 847-864.
Kircher, R. 2016. Montreal’s multilingual migrants: Social identities and language attitudes after the proposition of the Quebec Charter of Values. In V. Regan, C. Diskin, and J. Martyn, eds. Language, Identity and Migration: Voices from Transnational Speakers and Communities. Bern: Peter Lang, 217-247.
Kircher, R. 2016. Language attitudes among adolescents in Montreal: Potential lessons for language planning in Quebec. Nottingham French Studies: UK Perspectives on Francophone Canada 55 (2): 239-259.
Kircher, R. 2016. The matched-guise technique. In Zhu Hua, ed. Research Methods in Intercultural Communication. Oxford: Blackwell, 196-211.
Kircher, R. 2016. Review of R. Y. Bourhis, ed. 2012. Decline and Prospects of the English-Speaking Communities of Quebec. English World-Wide 37 (3): 350-355.
Kircher, R. 2014. Quebec’s shift from ethnic to civic national identity: Implications for language attitudes amongst immigrants in Montreal. In D. Evans, ed. Language and Identity: Discourse in the World. London: Bloomsbury, 55-80.
Kircher, R. 2014. Thirty years after Bill 101: A contemporary perspective on attitudes towards English and French in Montreal. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics 17 (1): 20-50.
Kircher, R. 2012. How pluricentric is the French language? An investigation of attitudes towards Quebec French compared to European French. Journal of French Language Studies 22 (3): 345-370.
Kircher, R. 2012. Review of M. A. Morris, ed. 2010. Canadian Language Policies in Comparative Perspective. British Journal of Canadian Studies 25 (2): 304-305.
Research-related blog posts:
Kuipers-Zandberg, H. and Kircher, R. 2020. ‘Are we in Fryslân yet?’ On the (in-)visibility of Frisian in the linguistic landscape of the northern Netherlands. Guest blog post on the Strictly Language: Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes and Language Ideologies blog: https://bit.ly/KuipersZandbergKircherStrictlyLanguage
Krol-Hage, R. and Kircher, R. 2020. Promoting minority language skills among migrants working in the healthcare sector. Guest blog post on the Strictly Language: Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes and Language Ideologies blog: https://bit.ly/KrolHageKircherStrictlyLanguage
Kircher, R. 2020. Intergenerational language transmission and social identity. Guest blog post on the Belonging, Identity, Language, Diversity – Langage, Identité, Diversité, Appartenance (BILD-LIDA) blog: http://bit.ly/RuthKircherBILD-LIDA
Kircher, R. 2019. Language ideology in the time of Brexit. Guest blog post on the Strictly
Language: Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes and Language Ideologies blog:
Kircher, R. 2019. Promoting social equality for speakers of non-standard language varieties. Guest blog post on the Strictly Language: Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes and Language Ideologies blog: http://bit.ly/RuthKircherStrictlyLanguage1