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‘Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact’
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Compared to other subfields of linguistics, sociolinguistics has been
relatively outward facing since its inception. In one sense, this follows
naturally when collecting data from people in everyday situations. Yet
few can accuse sociolinguistics of being particularly meddlesome in the
political process. Nor has the discipline as a whole been overly
occupied with improving people’s lives. In fact, despite significantly
furthering our academic understanding of linguistic variation and
change, language policy and planning, language and identity,
language and gender and so on, very few people outside academia
have ever heard of sociolinguistics -- let alone its influence beyond the
groves of academe.
Meanwhile, ‘impact’ has become a significant funding criterion in the
humanities and social sciences, as funding bodies increasingly turn
their attention to the real-world effects of research. The weighting of
impact as a percentage of research quality is also set to grow. How
does sociolinguistics adapt to this? What steps could make
sociolinguistics more relevant outside academia? How can public
engagement with sociolinguistic research be facilitated?
‘Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact’ aims to address these
questions by showcasing contemporary sociolinguistic research which
demonstrates practical applications beyond an academic audience.
Submissions are welcomed from established and emerging
sociolinguists, whose research contributes to broader discourses of
language in society, and evinces the value of sociolinguistic research
Areas for consideration include (but are not limited to):
-- Sociolinguistics and education
-- Sociolinguistics and policy-making (not only language policy)
-- Sociolinguistics, the media and the Internet
-- Sociolinguistics in the community
-- Sociolinguistics and industry
Other relevant contributions will be considered.
Submissions should include an abstract of up to 500 words (excluding
references), accompanied by a description (up to 1500 words)
considering the questions listed below. These do not all need to be
answered, but as a guide, your submission should cover at least two of
How have you...
1. ...identified a real-world problem of human well-being as a motivation
for your research?
2. ...significantly involved your participants in the research design, the
research itself, and the dissemination process?
3. ...used your research to influence institutional and/or government
4. ...helped your participants use the research findings to pursue their
own goals, or improve their lives more generally, beyond the life of the
5. ...both ensured wide accessibility and raised awareness of your
Cambridge University Press have expressed interest in the volume,
and it will be formally submitted to them by the editors once the
contributors are confirmed.
Deadline for abstract submissions: Friday 4th May 2012.
Editorial decisions on abstracts: Friday 8th June 2012.
Proposal submitted to Cambridge University Press: Monday 2nd July.
Deadline for completed chapters: Friday 3rd May 2013.
Editorial and peer review comments given to authors: Friday 19th July
Deadline for returning final chapters to editors: Friday 23rd August
Please consider carefully whether you could meet these deadlines.
Submissions, and any queries, should be directed to
‘Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact’ co-editors:
Dr. Robert Lawson, Lecturer, School of English, Birmingham City
Dr. Dave Sayers, Honorary Research Fellow, College of Arts &
Humanities, Swansea University, UK