1st Edition

Applying Linguistics Language and the Impact Agenda

Edited By Dan McIntyre, Hazel Price Copyright 2018
    226 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda explores the challenges of demonstrating the socio-cultural and economic impact of research in linguistics. The chapters provide critical discussion of the concept of impact, as well as an examination of both the constraints and opportunities of the impact agenda. The book includes:

    • case studies of impact-focused research from leading scholars, such as M. Lynne Murphy, David Britain, Peter French and Bas Aarts;
    • discussion of impact from the perspective of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF);
    • insights and opinions from academics, practitioners and journalists;
    • personal reflection on the nature of impact from the ESRC’s Interim Chief Executive;
    • practical advice on generating and evidencing impact.

    With chapters from international authors exploring impact both within and outside the context of the UK REF, Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda will be essential reading for early-career researchers, established academics and PhD students interested in developing impact from their research.


    Notes on contributors

    List of figures

    List of tables


    1. Linguistics, language and the impact agenda
    2. Dan McIntyre and Hazel Price

      Part 1: Impact in theory

    3. Assessing the value of research in linguistics
    4. Dan McIntyre

    5. Reflections on impact
    6. Tony McEnery

    7. Navigating the peripheries of impact: public engagement and the problem of kneejerk linguistics
    8. Hazel Price

    9. Public engagement as linguistic impact
    10. M. Lynne Murphy

    11. Language and impact: perspectives from outside the academy
    12. Neil Robinson

      Part 2: Impact in practice

    13. Using impact to make impact? Experiences from a dialect crowdsourcing project
    14. David Britain, Adrian Leeman and Marie-Jose Kolly

    15. From corpus to clinic: health communication research and the impact agenda
    16. Gavin Brookes, Kevin Harvey and Louise Mullany

    17. The impact of linguistics on AVT research and practice
    18. Silvia Bruti and Serenella Zanotti

    19. Language in conflict: linguistics in mediation
    20. Lesley Jeffries, Jim O’Driscoll and Matthew Evans

    21. Evaluating the impact of language documentation and revitalization
    22. Shobhana Chelliah

    23. Assessing research impact in forensic speech science casework
    24. Dominic Watt and Peter French

    25. Using corpora for English language teaching and learning
    26. Bas Aarts and Ellen Smith


    27. Future challenges of the impact agenda

    Jane Setter



    Dan McIntyre is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

    Hazel Price is Research Officer in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

    'McIntyre and Price have assembled a diverse yet accessible collection of papers that discusses how linguists can create real-world impact through the application and promotion of their research.'
    Jack GrieveProfessorial Fellow in Corpus Linguistics, University of Birmingham, UK

    'This is an important and timely volume bringing together contributions on the impact of linguistics in a wide variety of different areas. Offering explorations of the challenges and opportunities of the impact agenda for linguistics, this is essential reading, not just for linguists in the UK, but for all applied linguists and anyone affected by, or interested in, the impact of linguistics.'
    Monika Bednarek, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Australia