Lecturer in Applied & Sociolinguistics
Department of Education & Professional Studies
School of Social Science & Public Policy
King’s College London
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Being a sociolinguist means that I’m interested in the multiple ways in which language interacts with social phenomena. I’m especially interested in the relationship between language variation and identity (particularly social class).
On 1st August 2011 I spoke to Stephen Fry about whether we still judge each other by the way we speak for his Radio 4 programme Fry’s English Delight. You can listen to an extended version of the interview here.
In addition to language variation and social class, my other academic interests include language and gender, regional/social dialectology, ethnographic and interactional discourse analysis, language ideologies, grammar teaching, classroom discourse and teacher professional development.
At King’s I’m a member of the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication. Outside of King’s, I’m an active member of the UK Linguistic Ethnography community and I’m currently on the co-ordinating committee for the Linguistic Ethnography forum (a Special Interest Group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics). In 2008 I co-founded (with Fiona Copland & Sara Shaw) the inter-disciplinary conference ‘Explorations in Ethnography, Language & Communication’. I co-organised the conference for three years (2008-2010), and it has now been incorporated as the biennial meeting for LEF. In 2012, the conference took place at the University of Copenhagen on 13th – 14th September (click here for details).