1st Edition

Sociolinguistic Research Application and Impact

Edited By Robert Lawson, Dave Sayers Copyright 2016
    282 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Shortlisted for the LSA Leonard Bloomfield Book Award 2017

    Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact provides a unique overview of international research projects, showcasing their positive outcomes and offering critical insights and constructive critiques into the meaning of ‘impact’ in contemporary research. The book includes:

    • original findings from cutting-edge research from scholars such as Mary Bucholtz, Walt Wolfram and Peter Patrick;
    • coverage of organisational contexts including education, government, justice, heritage, and the workplace;
    • activities including after-school programmes, workplace training courses, social media campaigns, and video productions;
    • application of research to professional practice including teaching (primary school to university), adjudication, police interviewing, and governmental policymaking;
    • contributors’ personal reflections on the research process and its outcomes, including constructive critiques of institutional definitions of impact.

    With chapters spanning research across five continents, Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact is essential reading for sociolinguistic researchers, students embarking on sociolinguistic research, and anyone interested in the practical application of research on language and society.

    Foreword John R. Rickford
    Introduction  Robert Lawson and Dave Sayers
    1. Where we're going, we don't need roads: The past, present and future of impact Robert Lawson and Dave Sayers
    2. Beyond Empowerment: Accompaniment and Sociolinguistic Justice in a Youth Research Program Mary Bucholtz, Dolores Inés Casillas and Jin Sook Lee
    3. When Children Challenge What’s "Obvious". Identities, Discourses, and Representations from the Perspective of Schoolchildren in Vancouver, Canada Catherine Levasseur
    4. Sociolinguistics in the Museum: Enrichment, Engagement and Education Fiona Douglas
    5. Public Sociolinguistic Education in the United States: A Proactive, Comprehensive Program Walt Wolfram
    6. The Signed Language Interpreter’s Role in Team Meeting Discourse Jules Dickinson
    7. Summing Up in Jury Trials as Interactive Discourse – One Plank in the New Zealand Judiciary’s Effort to Improve Communication with Juries Bronwen Innes
    8. Developing a Linguistically Informed Approach to Police Interviewing Nicci MacLeod and Kate Haworth
    9. Sociolinguistics in the Public Eye: Mass Media and Social Media in Sociolinguistics Robert Lawson
    10. Exploring the Enigma of Welsh Language Policy (or, How to Pursue Impact on a Shoestring) Dave Sayers
    11. ‘To Be Consulted, to Encourage and to Warn’: The Impact of Language-in-Education Research in the Developing World, and its Limits Hywel Coleman
    12. The Impact of Sociolinguistics on Refugee Status Determination Peter Patrick


    Robert Lawson is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at Birmingham City University, UK.

    Dave Sayers is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK.

    "The recent emphasis on impact and public engagement by funding bodies and academic institutions has given new prominence to this aspect of research, which has always been a key concern of sociolinguists. This very timely collection provides an illuminating account of the rise of the impact agenda, along with inspirational accounts of the ways in which sociolinguists can 'give back' to and have impact on the communities with which they work."
    Joan C. Beal, University of Sheffield, UK

    "This volume is about sociolinguistics proudly reclaiming its heritage: our field always been committed to the wider social world and to the everyday uses (aka applications) of language. Notwithstanding, we have here an array of role-model studies seeking public relevance and impact in very concrete, direct ways. This is sociolinguistics that’s often empowering, always engaging. The volume should be core reading for all students of language and society because it demonstrates clearly why their work matters and how they can make it matter even more. Without smugness and without selling out, Lawson and Sayers’ intervention proves two things: first, the ivory tower is a toxic fallacy; second, we are the real world, dammit!"
    Crispin Thurlow, University of Bern, Switzerland