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Applying Linguistics
Language and the Impact Agenda

ISBN 9781138237513
Published April 6, 2018 by Routledge
226 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Notes on contributors

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  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


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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.