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Ton Vallen Award 2016

The jury of the 2016 Ton Vallen Award is happy to announce that this year’s winner is

James Costa

Can schools dispense with standard language? Some unintended consequences of introducing Scots in an Scottish primary school

This article appeared in Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 25-42, (2015). James Costa's article points towards the pitfalls of ethnolinguistic essentializing in educational contexts and does so on the basis of delicate and nuanced empirical analyses. Given the observable increase of such processes also in contexts of immigration, the relevance of his work is outspoken. The jury also underscores the methodological excellence displayed in Costa's work, and points to the exceptional merits of the other submissions, testifying to the emergence of a new generation of young scholars on language diversity in education.

James Costa obtained his PhD degree from the University of Grenoble (France) and is currently working as a lecturer in sociolinguistics at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, France).


The Ton Vallen Award is supported by Multilingual Matters, Bristol, and the jury emphatically reiterates its gratitude to Tommi Grover of Multilingual Matters for his continued interest in the Award.