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Haven't we been here before? Revitalising Applied Sociolinguistics

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START DATE 19 April 2016
START TIME 02:00pm
LOCATION

Room C127, College Building, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 19 April 2016
END TIME 03:00pm

Dr Robert Lawson from Birmingham City University presents an overview of the revitalisation of Applied Sociolinguistics

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, Robert Lawson will present an overview of the revitalisation of Applied Sociolinguistics and consider some of the key opportunities and challenges faced by the field. He will 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.

Biography

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).

This event is free to attend and open to all. There is no need to book in advance.

Haven't we been here before? Revitalising Applied Sociolinguistics

Event information

START DATE 19 April 2016
START TIME 14:00
LOCATION Room C127, College Building, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT

Dr Robert Lawson from Birmingham City University presents an overview of the revitalisation of Applied Sociolinguistics

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, Robert Lawson will present an overview of the revitalisation of Applied Sociolinguistics and consider some of the key opportunities and challenges faced by the field. He will 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.

Biography

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).

This event is free to attend and open to all. There is no need to book in advance.

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