Language and Culture at Leeds atudies connections between how we communicate and the cultures and worlds we create. Central to our research is an interest in what happens when these worlds collide. We ask, ‘How do people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, worldviews, past memories, present practices and future visions meet and engage with their differences?’ Language and Culture brings together linguists, artists, philosophers, educators and others to examine how these aesthetic and ethical questions play out in the practical tasks of communal meaning making across diverse domains of social life: in schools, workplaces and families, in markets and service encounters, in music and dance rehearsal rooms, theatres, museums, art galleries, and in local communities and digital spaces. We use a wide range of analytical tools of linguistics (especially ethnography of communication, discourse analytic approaches, narrative inquiry, oral history, corpus linguistics and philosophical inquiry) to produce understandings of what it takes to build inclusive civil societies.
Angela Creese is Professor of Linguistic Ethnography in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. Her disciplinary home is interpretive sociolinguistics and she draws on theories and methodologies from linguistic anthropology to investigate language in social life. Angela has led several large Research Council Grants (AHRC and ESRC) on multilingualism in city and school contexts and has been advancing ideas on heteroglossia, translanguaging and superdiversity as ideological orientations to social and linguistic diversity. Her research draws on empirical data gained through ethnographic observations, audio and video recordings of interviews and everyday interactions to which she brings an ethnographically informed discourse analytic approach.
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