Next month I’m heading back to Spain to attend a sociolinguistics conference in Murcia. It will be an opportunity to present some of my research and hopefully receive some helpful feedback before I submit my thesis later in the summer. I’m also excited to be going to Murcia again, having been there on a school exchange when I was in my final year of school. For a week I stayed with a Spanish family, spoke Spanish all day, went to school, and went on various trips – it was amazing! This visit, alongside a school trip to Paris the previous year, confirmed my love of languages and my decision to study them at university.
The visit to Murcia next month will also be a perfect occasion to return to Alicante, which is only a short distance away. I’m hoping to meet up with some of the people that helped with my project and update them with my findings. This trip will also be a good chance to do some additional bits of research. Having spent a lot of time researching Valencian language media, I’m looking forward to getting up-to-date with the current situation. I also intend to look into the availability of Valencian written publications (press and literature) and whether this has changed at all since my last visit.