1st Edition

Communicating Linguistics Language, Community and Public Engagement

Edited By Hazel Price, Dan McIntyre Copyright 2023
    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Increasingly, academics are called upon to demonstrate the value of linguistics and explain their research to the wider public. In support of this agenda, Communicating Linguistics: Language, Community and Public Engagement provides an overview of the wide range of public engagement activities currently being undertaken in linguistics, as well as practically focused advice aimed at helping linguists to do public engagement well. From podcasts to popular writing, from competitions to consultancy, from language creation to community projects, there are many ways in which linguists can share their research with the public. Bringing together insights from leading linguists working in academia as well as non-university professions, this unique collection:

    • Provides a forum for the discussion of challenges and opportunities of public engagement in linguistics in order to shape best practice
    • Documents best practice through a summary of some of the many excellent public engagement projects currently taking place internationally
    • Celebrates the long tradition of public engagement in linguistics, a discipline which is often misunderstood despite its direct and fundamental importance to everyday life

    Breaking down long-standing divisions between universities and the wider community, this book will be of significant value to academics in linguistics but also teachers, policy makers and anyone interested in better understanding the nature and use of language in society.

    Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.




    1. Public linguistics
    2. Hazel Price and Dan McIntyre

      Part 1: Popularising linguistics

    3. Principles of good research communication
    4. Hannah Little

    5. Podcasting: The Vocal Fries Pod
    6. Carrie Gillon and Megan Figueroa

    7. Blogging and microblogging linguistics for the lay reader
    8. M. Lynne Murphy

    9. Engaging the public and enriching language education through Babel: The Language Magazine
    10. Dan McIntyre and Lesley Jeffries

    11. On engaging the radio listener
    12. Laura Wright

    13. Writing a ‘popular science’ book
    14. Jane Setter

    15. Linguistics for schools
    16. Richard Hudson

    17. Linguists in schools
    18. Billy Clark

      Part 2: Communicating linguistics

    19. Communicating lexicography
    20. Danica Salazar

    21. Exploring the impact of figurative communication and advertising: reflections on a collaboration between linguistics researchers and a Midlands-based marketing agency
    22. Samantha Ford and Jeanette Littlemore

    23. Community projects
    24. Natalie Braber

    25. Communicating research on metaphor and illness
    26. Elena Semino

    27. Public engagement via consultancy: communicating the language of mental illness
    28. Hazel Price

    29. Developing resources for Modern South Arabian languages
    30. Janet C. E. Watson and Abdullah al-Mahri

    31. Public engagement in audiovisual translation: the case of respeaking
    32. Zoe Moores

    33. Dialect coaching and linguistics
    34. Brendan Gunn

    35. Language creation and engagement: a how-to guide
    36. Christine Schreyer

    37. Engaging with public engagement: a personal retrospective

              David Crystal




    Hazel Price is a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Salford, UK.

    Dan McIntyre is Professor of English Language at Uppsala University, Sweden.