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Haven't We Been Here Before? Revitalising Applied Sociolinguistics

An overview of the revitalisation of Applied Sociolinguistics, considering some key opportunities and challenges faced by the field.

Given how well-placed sociolinguists are to address issues of linguistic inequality and injustice, it is perhaps no surprise that sociolinguistics has a long history of applying research findings for the improvement of human well-being. What is surprising, though, is how this body of work has very rarely been articulated under the umbrella of Applied Sociolinguistics, a term introduced in the 1960s but one which has made very little headway within the broader discipline. In this talk, I present an overview of the revitalisation of Applied Sociolinguistics and consider some of the key opportunities and challenges faced by the field. I also discuss how Applied Sociolinguistics can contribute to widening the scope of the 'impact agenda' and how we can productively embed this growing priority into our research.

Robert Lawson is Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Birmingham City University and former Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar. His ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Glasgow focused on the relationship between language, masculinity and identity in Glasgow, while his more recent work has examined language in the media and the role of traditional and social media in reporting language issues. He has publications in a number of major journals, including the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Gender and Language and English World-Wide, and is editor of Sociolinguistics in Scotland (Palgrave, 2014) and Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact (with Dave Sayers, Routledge, 2016).


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Date and Time:

19 April 2016 at 2:00 pm


1 hour



Language and Communication, Middlesex University
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