Language and Society
This satellite highlights the interplay between language and society. Focusing on language in its social conext, our research examines the ways in which identities and relations are produced in language practice, the role of language in social life (including its relationships to power, national identity, ideology, and institutional inequalities), and the dynamics of language within globalisation and intercultural contact.
The satellite brings together researchers from:
- the School of Education: James Simpson, Mike Baynham, Lou Harvey
- the School of English: Julia Snell (Convenor), Tony Crowley, Kate Spowage, Mel Evans
- the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies: Bethan Davies, Gisela Tomé Lourido, Rasha Soliman, James Wilson
- the Language Centre: Yolanda Cerdá
If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Julia Snell (email@example.com).
We address a broad range of research questions, such as: What are the processes through which linguistic features and styles come to be associated with social meanings? Why do regional dialects persist in the face of overt stigmatisation? What kinds of classroom talk are best for children’s learning? How is language involved in the replication of educational inequalities? How do people communicate across different languages and cultures in diverse urban centres? How are class, gender and ethnic identities constructed through language use? How are language-related issues represented in and by the media?
To address these questions, we draw upon a range of research methodologies and perspectives, including, quantitative variationist sociolinguistics, interactional sociolinguistics, linguistic ethnography, and discourse analysis.
To what extent does children’s spoken dialect influence their writing? Does correcting pupils’ speech improve their writing? What consequences might overt correction have for pupil participation and learning? Research by Julia Snell (School of English) and her colleague Ian Cushing (Edgehill University) set out to addresses these questions through investigation of primary school children’s writing,...
On 31st March 2022, TES reported on research by Julia Snell (School of English) and her colleague Ian Cushing (Edgehill University) which exposes the role of the school’s inspectorate, Ofsted, as institutional language police. Julia and Ian systematically searched inspection reports of primary and secondary schools and found a huge number of reports where the inspectorate criticise teachers...
Dates: 2021-2023 Funding body: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (£51,390) Primary investigator: Dr. Julia Snell (School of English) L@L satellite: Language and Society The attainment gap is widening between disadvantaged pupils and their more privileged peers in English primary schools. There is increasing evidence that effective use of talk-intensive (or ‘dialogic’) pedagogies can close this gap....
Research Talk: "Enhancing teaching practices: towards a more inclusive spoken and written language teaching in Merseyside schools and beyond".
Title: Enhancing teaching practices: towards a more inclusive spoken and written language teaching in Merseyside schools and beyond. Speaker: Dr...
This one-day symposium is an opportunity to discuss and critically reflect on existing beliefs and norms in language pedagogy in...
Raciolinguistic ideologies and narratives of deficit: how the ‘word gap’ came to be normalised in England’s schools
Dr Ian Cushing (Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University) Discussants: Prof. Cecile De Cat (Linguistics), Prof. Alice Deignan and Dr Paula...