Language and Society

Dr Ian Cushing (Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University) Discussants: Prof. Cecile De Cat (Linguistics), Prof. Alice Deignan and Dr Paula Clarke (Education) Abstract: Educational linguists across England and the USA have long critiqued deficit-based language ideologies, yet since the early 2010s, these have seen a marked resurgence in England’s education policy in narratives and interventions related…
Linguistic/Cultural Diversity in Teaching and Learning: Why it matters This is the first in a series of events discussing the role of linguistic and cultural diversity in teaching and learning. In this event, we are delighted to welcome five speakers from diverse disciplinary areas whose work intersects with this topic:     Standardised English and linguistic diversity in teaching: Challenging myths,…
Accented Racism at Work Invited talk by Dr Vijay Ramjattan (University of Toronto) Discussions about accent and racism in the workplace typically concern the employment discrimination faced by racialized jobseekers with non-standardized accents. The purpose of this talk is to go beyond these discussions by considering the many ways in which accent sustains different forms…
Panel on Counter-Narratives in Language Education Research Toward a Raciolinguistic Genealogical Perspective on Language Education Policy  Dr Nelson Flores  (University of Pennsylvania)   Abstract: This presentation proposes raciolinguistic genealogy as a methodological approach to the study of language education. It briefly defines three components of this approach: 1) a genealogical stance that brings attention to…
Linguistic diversity can be the source of implicit bias: often without realising it, we judge others based on how we interpret their accent, their use of regional language traits, their choice of vocabulary.  On Friday 23rd of April (11:00-13:30), CELT and Language@Leeds are hosting an event to shed light on linguistic diversity from multiple points…
Sociolinguistics and social change Julia Snell (School of English, University of Leeds) Sociolinguistic analyses of classroom data help us to understand how language attitudes and ideologies manifest in situated interaction and how these influence teachers’ practice, pupils’ identities, and learning processes. But what role can this research play in challenging (indeed changing) negative attitudes and…
Vigouroux, Cécile B. 2019. Language and (in) Hospitality: The Micropolitics of Hosting and Guesting. Language, Culture, and Society 1 (1): 31–58. Location: Zoom (contact Julia Snell for details) j.snell@leeds.ac.uk
Mike Baynham Talk: WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH INDEXICALITY?  Professor Mike Baynham, University of Leeds: https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/education/staff/117/professor-mike-baynham  Indexicality is a linguistic construct that I have started to find slightly troubling. It is a core, indeed pervasive element in the architecture of what one might broadly call contextual approaches to language analysis with all the blooming diversity that this…
Rosa, Jonathan and Nelson Flores. 2017. Unsettling race and language: Toward a raciolinguistic perspective. Language in Society, 46, 621–647. Location: Zoom (contact Julia Snell for details) j.snell@leeds.ac.uk  
Language and Society Reading Group: Jaspers, Jürgen. 2019. Advocating heteroglossia, dominating publics? Kings Working Papers in Urban Language and Literacies 248. [Available online:https://www.academia.edu/38080136/WP248_Jaspers_2019._Advocating_heteroglossia_dominating_publics]